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HELP!! Tips on brushing a 15 month old's teeth!

(13 Posts)
Gateau Wed 23-Jul-08 08:41:03

This has got to be the worst task for us. We try to brush our DS's teeth twice a day, as advised. It's a nightmare EVERY time. He wriggles and cries and we barely get to touch his teeth, never mind clean them. Any tips?

belgo Wed 23-Jul-08 08:46:42

Isn't it twice a day from age two, and once a day until then? I could be wrong.

Don't make a battle out of it. Let him choose his own toothbrush, and make sure he likes the toothpaste - and only use a very small amount of toothpaste. Give him the toothbrush himself and let him put it into his mouth himself. Let him see you brushing your teeth.Also get a doll and pretend to brush the doll's teeth.

Don't stress about it - it does get easier.

scotsgirl Wed 23-Jul-08 10:23:09

I found getting DS into a headlock was quite effective!

belgo Wed 23-Jul-08 10:24:05

A very different approach to my gently gently method scotsgirl!

Mimsy2000 Wed 23-Jul-08 10:29:45

my 26 month old is still pretty crap about it tbh. i've not made a big battle out of it and try and make it fun, like letting him choose the toothbrush. the only trick i have found so far is to let him 'brush' my teeth while i brush his and that allows me a few good brushes.

i'd also considered getting him an electric toothbrush but haven't done it yet - maybe that would help?

Gateau Wed 23-Jul-08 10:35:03

Thanks everyone. Some good suggestions here. My DS is probably a little young yet for some of them tho. I partic like the "you brush mine and I'll brush yours approach."

Bramshott Wed 23-Jul-08 10:36:02

I just give DD2 the brush and let her chew on it. That said, I am currently battling against her wanting to walk round whilst 'brushing' - she just wants to walk round whilst doing everything, but I'm scared she'll fall and hurt her mouth on the brush, which in fact she has done.

belgo Wed 23-Jul-08 10:38:41

And I find it good to remember that it is actually very uncomfortable having someone else brush your teeth, I find it helps to see it from the toddler's point of view.

scotsgirl Wed 23-Jul-08 10:39:47

When he's a bit older you can do the 'Ooh, look, there's dinosaurs/monsters/fluffy bunnies (whatever he's interested in) in your teeth. Let's quickly brush them out' trick. Although brute strength is quicker. I know, I know, I'm an evil mother! DS is six now BTW, and getting quite good at brushing his teeth on his own.

onelittlelion Wed 23-Jul-08 10:45:30

I cant get a tothbrush in ds's mouth and brush either. He is just 2 and I ssem to give in and let him chew the brush too. Dh is better as he is firmer. We're going to the dentists for first time next week - hope all ok and he'll open his mouth! Glad to read that it does get easier!

Gateau Wed 23-Jul-08 10:45:38

Another good idea, there. Thanks scotsgirl

EffiePerine Wed 23-Jul-08 10:47:42

I let DS chew the brush (someone reassuringly said this was suprisingly effective) and then 'mummy finish off' which he doesn't like but more or less tolerates

also helps if I brush my teeth at the same time (he's 21 mo but we've been doing this for some time)

ceebee74 Wed 23-Jul-08 10:51:56

I'm afraid me and Dh go for the 'headlock' approach too blush We give DS (2) a chance to brush himself which he does occasionally but is more interested in brushing the wall/bed/carpet <sigh> so we give him warnings that if he doesn't do it, we will - tbh, although he cries whilst doing it, it is more of a giggly cry so and he stops as soon as we are done so I don't think he minds that much - all part of the game for him I think (that sounds like I am justifying it doesn't it grin).

BTW, this is a 2-man job - one to hold his hands down and the other to hold his head and brush - if DH is away, I cannot do it by myself as he is like an octopus wink so his teeth tend not to get cleaned very well on those days!

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