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15/07/2013 at 09:05
Hello I wonder if anyone can help, I started brushing my little girls teeth from 6 months, she always let me do it until about 12 months, and then I gave her the brush baby or a toothbrush to chew on, well now she doesn't even want that anymore she just pushes me away and gets upset. Last night I thought I really need to brush her teeth, so I laid her on the floor in front of the TV (In The Night Garden) and started to brush her teeth, well, she went BESERK, screaming at the top of her voice and shaking her head from side to side to stop me from doing it, she's really strong too, she was crying and upset for ages afterwards. I've tried everything such as brushing her teddy's teeth, brushing my teeth in front of her but nothing works. I can't have this every night but I'm so worried about her teeth going rotten, any ideas? she's 17 months btw. I'm off out for the day, so I won't be able to reply until later so thanks in advance. xx
15/07/2013 at 15:06
Our dentist told us provided Jemima had a toothbrush in her mouth with toothpaste on it daily until she was 2 then that was enough, anything else (like actual brushing) is a bonus.
She used to hate it, clamp her mouth closed, shake her head etc etc but we've persevered every single night in the bath, often letting her do it herself (and doing very little in the process) except make a mess (which doesn't matter in the least sitting in the bath) and giving lots of praise, and eventually we've cracked it at 2.5 years old.
We also have a song . . .
Forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards
And side to side, side to siiiiiide
Up and down, up and down,
Wiggle around, wiggle around
Ready to start again
And . . .
I always hated the showdown and took me a while to twig that I couldn't, and more importantly, shouldn't force it. She was terrible so you're not alone.
15/07/2013 at 15:45
F is also 17 months and some days he doesn't mind having them brushed but point black refuses other days, clamping mouth shut, etc. I did go and buy another toothbrush for him to hold/put in his mouth whilst I attempted cleaning them with another brush - it provided enough of a distraction that I managed to brush them okay, plus he got to learn what to do at the same time. If you haven't tried it, it might be worth a go?
15/07/2013 at 17:30
I'm so glad I've seen this thread . W is 19 months and exactly the same. It is a daily battle. She won't let us look in her mouth full stop so the only way I even know how many teeth she has is by tipping her upside down andctivkling her to make her laugh and keep her mouth open!
Hollywood I'm pleased you've said that about the dentist. I give her the brush for a few mins and then normally try to take over to do some proper brushing but some days are more successful than others so was worried about it so its good to know its not too much of a concern yet.
15/07/2013 at 21:15
We have the same problem with Esme. Although she's only just 1, she has 11 teeth (and one brewing...) and is increasingly awful with having her teeth brushed. The only time she was good was on holiday when she saw us using a manual brush rather than electric, and was thrilled when I used my brush on her teeth.
We were planning to get into the habit of brushing our own teeth with manual brushes to encourage her even if we then use a proper electric brush afterwards once she's in bed or downstairs x
16/07/2013 at 20:01
Thanks everyone, I'm glad it's not just me, also very reassuring what the dentist said too. xx
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