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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: LT | 2006/07/24

Q.

Brushing Teeth

Hi

My son is 19 months old and will NOT let me go near his mouth. He has nearly all his teeth and I have been encouraging him to brush them. He chews on the toothbrush every morning and every night but its not cleaning the teeth properly. I dont want to force the toothbrush in his mouth and have a screaming match as I dont want him to see brushing teeth as a punishment or a battle - how can I get them brushed properly, teaching him at the same time? When does he need to go to a dentist?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You need not make this such a battle. He is obviously not ready to brush his teeth yet. Give him a break for a few weeks then try again.

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Posted by: Naydene | 2006/08/02

I had the same problem with my son a few months ago. I bought him an electric toothbrush and he loves it. He is 20 months old now and we are able to brush before bed every day. I found that the smaller head on the toothbrush makes it easier to reach the back teeth.

Good luck!

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Posted by: mgk | 2006/07/26

My daughter is 22 months old. When it is time to bursh her teeth I call her and Daddy and al of us gather in the bathroom. Then we all get a turn to brush her teeth. "Mommy's turn", and then I brush as properly as possible, then her turn and I let her chew and suck and eat the toothpaste and then it's Daddy's turn and he also tries to be as thorough as possible. The she rinse the brush and we go to bed.

Sometimes we also get the tantrums and it is just her turn, and I just let it be, at those time I rather try to coach her "in out in out", "front teeth, front teeth" etc and just hopes the times I do get to brush is enough to keep the cavities at bay!

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2006/07/24

I normally do his teeth when his dad does his teeth. Then I say look daddy's brushing his teeth, Caleb brush Caleb's teeth and then we all sing that Barney song. It's quite hillarious actually LOL. But I've always done it when one of us are brushing. He even spits. :)

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Posted by: LT | 2006/07/24

Thanks Sambinoct

The only problem I have is that if I go near him or try show him how to do it he has a temper tantrum and refuses to do it at all? I got him the Barney that brushed its teeth and the toothbrush but the teeth aint getting clean.

I just dont know whether I should carry on pursuing this or rather leave it until he will let me show him and help him?

What did you do?

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2006/07/24

I bought my son, 15months, a barney toothbrush and he loves it. Then we sing one of Barney's songs about brushing teeth and he lets me brush. I also don't feel it's being done 100% but at least we're trying. He loves BArney and it's working well at th moment. It's the face washing he hates LOL. Ag, always a battle with something hey?
I asked my dentsist when children start going to the dentist. He said unless there are specific problems, they generally should come for their first check up at around 3years old.
Good luck.

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