My 15 month old son wont let me brush his teeth! I would let him hold the tooth brush when I am brushing my teeth and he would chew on it, sometimes he would make a brushing movement (but not really aiming at the teeth) and afterwards I would try to finish it off for him, but he would just cry, I really would love to give his teeth a good clean! I hate to make him cry while trying to brush his teeth because I dont want to make it a negative experience.
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16-06-2012 21:17 #1
My 15 month old wont let me brush his teeth! Help!
06-07-2012 13:19 #2
Bump. I have the same problem with my 13 month old.
06-07-2012 13:23 #3
I have this problem with my 2 year old. Its hit and miss if he brushes them or not.... until i bought him an electric one!! Now he just thinks he's chewing it but its actually doing the brushing.
Of course i wanted to teach him how to brush himself but at least they are still getting cleaned
06-07-2012 13:26 #4Senior Member
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I have the same problem! I still mostly use a face washer to wipe them over but he's starting to bite! I might try an electric one.
06-07-2012 13:36 #5
I used to have 2 toothbrushes one for them and one for me and we would take it in turns, make it a bit of a game. Let them go first and then say now it's mums turn and when you have a turn count to 5 out loud and then stop, then let them have a turn and count to 5, they stop and you go again.
To start with I used to count quickly when I was cleaning and slower for their turn so it felt like they had a longer turn. They quickly learn that after 5 you will stop. Takes a few goes but it is surprising how quickly they figure it out.
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06-07-2012 13:46 #6
06-07-2012 14:36 #7
You could also try brushing you teeth at the same time and say something like "do it just like mummy". I would also stack a bunch of kids toothbrushes and just let them chew on one for awhile after you've finished brushing. When it gets too disgusting throw it out.
I also 2nd making it a game. I don't have an issue with DS brushing his teeth but I did have an issue with using the FESS aspirator when he was sick until we made it a game and now he thinks it's hilarious for me to suck the snot out of his nose
The best advice I got was from a chemists assistant who told me to buy the Pidgeon toothbrush pack and start DS with the first brush at 5 months (they really just chew on it). It made teeth brushing later so much easier. It's a bit late for you now but maybe if there is someone else reading this it could help them.
06-07-2012 14:38 #8
My son is fine with me brushing his bottom teeth but hates brushing the top so I flip him upside down and brush as fast as I can! He thinks it hilarious.
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