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Sep 12, 2008
engin117
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Brushing toddler teeth
Who has tricks up there sleeves for getting those toddler teeth clean and keeping them clean. Meggy insist to do everything herself. We had to toss the toddler finger toothbrush because it has become a choking hazard. If we use it she bites us, if she uses it, it comes off her finger and she chews on it.

We bought an actual toddler toothbrush. It looks just like ours but a smaller fatter version. She still doesn't want our help and I am afraid we have many cavities coming our way with out it, because she drinks so much juice.

We give her juice right before she goes to bed and right as she gets up because otherwise she weak and shaky. If we don't give it to her before bed, she is so hard to get awake. We do rinse her mouth with a syringe of water each time, but will this help? Lost count by now, but she has over 14 teeth.

Sep 12, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Ah, an independent toddler...I feel your pain! We have one of those small toothbrushes that we use as well (along with some infant toothpaste). We do brush them first (for the 5 seconds she'll let us) and then let her brush herself while we brush our teeth. From what I understand, at this age, it's more about the habit than the cleaning, so we're just doing the best that we can.
Sep 12, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I'm kind of in the boat with you. Maggie has never "let" me brush her teeth. She will do it herself, but she naturally doesn't do a good job. I have to hold her down and fight her to get the toothbrush in her mouth.

I don't have much advice for ya. Maggie has milk before bed and that's no better than juice really. I guess we could go to just giving her water before bed.

I do use the tooth wipes that the dentist has but it can get expensive and the dentist said they aren't good enough for molars.

Sep 12, 2008
mommy2628
Are you using the infant/toddler toothpaste? Braddy fought me and now I buy the one that is berry flavored. He loves it and I can now get 3 brushings in a day. He also wants a cup to take before bed. After a week of CIO he now will go without anything. We are watching his though b/c there are signs of where the acid has ate his teeth in spots.
Sep 12, 2008
mommy2628
I just saw the weak part about the juice. Maybe try playing a game and after she takes her juice brush her teeth and see if she goes for this. Just a suggestion. My 2 boys race now so it gets Braddy motivated to finish before Brad or the twins.

I just noticed your location. I am in NC in the western mountains. I am about 1.5 hrs from Atlanta.

Sep 13, 2008
jedd'smommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
I used to have to literally hog tie Jedd to brush his teeth...LOL

Now I have him face away form me and I hold his head and we sing as we do it. He really likes the Wheels on the Bus right now so he stay put for it. H e also knows he has to get them brushed BEFORE he gets in the bath, another PLUS...as he loves the bath.

For us it was just consitantly MAKING him do it and he evenually grew to like it.

If she doesn't liek the toddle hard toothbrush can you use one of the inifant rubber fingertip toothbrushes>>> That might do the trick for you.

Good luck, I feel your pain, it took about 3-4 months for Jedd to let us do hte toobrush thing without screaming, gagging and vomitting. (can anyone say oral aversion...LOL)

Sep 13, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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I am going to try it before bath instead of after, while singing :) Right now it is mostly a huge fight. I tell her it's time to tickle her teeth, and I pretend to do mine, and she now will open to let the brush in long enough to suck off the toddler toothpaste, then cries and carries on until i stop. If I remember correctly babycenter.com has a whole list of reader suggestions for making teeth time more bearable. Try going there and doing a search. At the time I read some of them, Elyse was too young to bother with the suggestions, but they might be good now that the kids are older (meggy and Elyse are the same age)
Sep 13, 2008
nicholas'smom
Nathan will usually let me brush his teeth but not for very long. We do use a small regular toddler toothbrush and the berry flavored training paste. He does like to do it himself, which we let him do before or after we do it some. I agree that the habit of routine cleaning is what's most important to establish. Just do the best you can.
Sep 13, 2008
kmom
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
I have a couple things I do with my toddler. We have been doing this for a year. First I let him brush his own teeth with a mini-toothbrush and toddler toothpaste (that flavored non-flouride stuff). I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star twice and then he knows he is done.

Then the bee comes. I don't know how this started but it works with him. I buzz like a bee and put my hand over his. Together he and the bee brush his teeth and tongue. I act like we are doing it really fast. He gets a kick out of it.

Now that he talks he'll tell the bee to "brush molars", etc. This method doesn't work when he is in a particullarly stubborn mood. It works 90 percent of the time though.

A bee may not be the best choice for everyone but something she likes might work. I think any silly voice would work. They accept help from the silly voice when they won't from you. We use the silly voice alot around here.
Sep 13, 2008
engin117
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Lots and lots of great suggestions. I will try some tonight.
Check with your
doctor first!