Ok, so my DD is about to be 18 months on the 21st and is a big pain when it comes to brushing her teeth. As of now she only has her four front teeth(late start) and forever teething! I feel completely at a loss anymore when it comes to brushing her teeth. I have tried everything I and the internet can think of... singing, talking her through it, letting her watch me and brush at the same time, looking in the mirror, buying her favorite character toothpaste and brush(Abby Cadabby), using a wet washcloth, and buying tooth wipes. Nothing works, she just screams her head off and squirms and flails and shakes her head so I can't get to her teeth. She has no problem "brushing" them herself, but they are turning orange. I can get a good brushing in if my husband is around and he holds her down. So basically, I'm looking for some new ideas and see what you ladies do?
Confession: If she is sleeping with her mouth open I will scrape at her teeth to get them clean. I know it's gross and probably not the best thing to do...
She's a very stubborn and independent bugger, and she arrived this way the day she was born... LOL I did find an Elmo video and checked out the one, cyndiw37130, suggested. DD was entranced with both and allowed me to get a little brushing in, now I just hope it continues!
try one of the automatic tooth brushes and let her brush her own teeth that way she is doing it and the automic tooth brush is really doing the work
I'm gonna give the a shot. Thank you for the idea!
That will be a good idea.
There is a video on you tube called "Brush Your Teeth" it is done by Kids123 its a great video my 18 mo loves it but still gives me heck to brush his teeth think I started a bit late (ooooops) seems a lot easier if you start very early on :)
Yay, I checked it out and it seems it just may work. I also found an Elmo video about brushing and she seemed interested. thank you so much!!!
My pediatric dentist told me to cradle my son on his lap, and then tip him back, so he had to open his mouth. Then I would just get in there and brush as fast as I can. It was hard when he was a toddler, but eventually, after just being really consistent and brushing the same way at the same time morning and night, he got used to it, and now he's fine with it (he just turned 3). If you have dental insurance you might try talking your daughter to a really good pediatric dentist, who might be able to be a role model of sorts (and give you some more ideas about how to brush her teeth). My son's dentist office is so full of toys and prizes that he doesn't even want to leave. And the AMA does recommend taking your little one to the dentist by age 2. Good luck!
I will be looking into a pediatric dentist soon. The two year mark is right around the corner, YIKES! My pediatrician basically said the same thing, be consistent and eventually she will come around, She's just being a typical toddler. Thank you
Unfortunately he works such crazy hours and isn't always home for teeth brushing. I will give it a try the next time he's home. I will give just about anything a try!
It is nearly impossible to brush my son's teeth. We have to hold him down and do it by force. He will do it himself but not really. All he does is chew on the toothbrush.