Post # 1
Hey bees! So i have a 14 month old son, and he WILL not let me brush his teeth. Everytime i try he clamps his mouth shut and will not budge.I usually pry his mouth open and try, but its difficult with him resisting. I use a toothpaste for toddlers thats banana flavored or something (which i don’t think is an issue, he LOVES banana anything) but what can i do to take care of his teeth when he won’t let me brush them. Also his breath is kinda stinky even when i do get him to let me brush his teeth his breath is still bad. Is there anything i can do?
Post # 3
I have the same problem with my 15 month old. I try my best, still doesn’t work. I just force it.lol
Post # 4
Brush your teeth at the same time.
“Can you do this like mommy/daddy/sister/brother can?” Monkey see monkey do and all that.
Post # 5
Um, I still have to remind FI to brush his teeth before bed, so let me know if you figure it out
Post # 6
@Asia: Haha! Yes, my FI is not the best when it comes to brushing his teeth either. Which drives me crazy!
But i guess I’m mostly concerned with him not letting me brush his teeth because he has to take iron drops because he is anemic, and the doctor said that if we don’t brush his teeth, the drops could turn them a brownish color, and i DO NOT want that!
Post # 7
@busybride215: My SS is a little older but we use all kinds of tricks to get him to open his mouth. Maybe some of them will work for you. To be honest, when we first started brushing his teeth it was usually more of a fight than anything but as he got older and we got more confident we found a few tricks that worked for us.
When he was around a year and a half, we would make funny faces in the mirror before hand. We’d scrunch up our mouths and then open them really big and just fool around so that he was in a laughing, playful mood. I have a pretty big mouth so I’d ask him if he could get his mouth to open as big as mine and we’d both open our mouths as far as they would go and then i’d brush his teeth while distracting him with my comically large mouth. Sometimes my SO would brush his own teeth at the same time.
Last year the big thing was letting him do it himself and then it’d be my turn. I would pretend to put toothpaste on his brush and he’d “brush” his teeth first and then it would be my turn. We also did “little teeth” and “big teeth” where he’d open his mouth a little to let me brush the front teeth and then open it big to do the back teeth. He’s 3 and 1/2 now and he likes to hold up my little compact mirror and watch as I brush his teeth. I also ask him what we had for breakfast/dinner and we talk about how we have to clean that food out of his teeth. Sounds gross, I know but he’s all about it. He’s also hugely into dinosaurs so to make him open his mouth really big I ask him to roar like a t rex.
We let him pick out his toothbrushes at the store so he’s always pretty excited to brush with HIS special spiderman toothbrush.
Post # 8
@busybride215: Oh no! I’m trying to remember how my mom got us to brush our teeth, but it was such a long time ago. :-/ It was sort of like, we just couldn’t ever say “no” to our mom. That was pretty much completely forbidden, so if she told us to do something, we jsut had to do it.
I’ll do some googling.