Posted in Dental Health, Toddlers

Tooth brushing for toddlers

Hey parents, when did you guys really start forcing the issue of tooth brushing? My 15mo has a good number of teeth and we have been offering her a baby toothbrush am/pm but recently she is disinterested and in fact vehemently opposed. I haven’t been really setting a boundary here yet since I’m not sure when exactly it’s important and didn’t want to make it an issue when it doesn’t need to be if that makes sense. Am happy to get pushier about it, again just didn’t want to turn it into a battle before it was necessary. When did you guys start really insisting on tooth brushing?

  • Brittany
    Dec 10, 2018

    I started as soon as teeth came in with the finger brush, I give her a bath then brush right after everyday.

  • Elena
    Dec 10, 2018

    Same here I started brushing hes gums at 3 months old and gradually moved to tooth brush and tooth paste he is familiar to it if you make it a habit as soon as you think its ok

  • Johna
    Dec 10, 2018

    My 2 year old is fighting and biting down on the toothbrush now. Never had that before and he isnt teething. I have to force it because I am so scared he will have plaque or gum issues in addition to bad breath. 🙄 I'm gonna try a different toothpaste maybe? Let us know if you find something that works!

  • Lindsay
    Dec 10, 2018

    Ya’ll of course I wrote this and tonight she was all about brushing her teeth😒🤷🏻‍♀️ kids are weird

  • Lulu
    Dec 10, 2018

    We found a song on little baby bum called brush your teeth and I've been singing it to her since 3 months. So maybe sing a song!

  • Diana
    Dec 10, 2018

    Since the 1st tooth came out

  • Erika
    Dec 10, 2018

    I would start ASAP! The best tip I ever learned was do mommy’s turn and then the child’s turn. It gets them excited and lets them participate!

  • Madison Mertz
    Dec 10, 2018

    ASAP. I just hand my son his toothbrush & it takes a while but he likes to feel independent

  • PK
    Dec 10, 2018

    ^^ like everyone said... asap. It’s been a battle with my son ever since the beginning. He doesn’t like me getting in his space. Better to have these unpleasantries for 3-4 min a day than to have teeth and gum issues in the future. Most days it’s really like I’m wrestling him down. But some days he just lets me do my thing. And some days he actually seems to enjoy it. Yep... kids are weird.

  • Laura
    Dec 10, 2018

    Started forcing it at 22 months (but she didn't get her first tooth until 14 months which is super late). Read books about brushing, got new toothbrushes, and had her brush our teeth. She's most into brushing when she's in the tub.

  • Patricia
    Dec 10, 2018

    I been brushing my sons teeth since he got his first tooth at 6 months. He now has 12 and most of the time he cooperates and sometimes I have to wrestle him but I agree taking turns or using his hand to hold the brush seems to help he feels like he’s more involved and in control and it makes him happy.

  • Tiffany
    Dec 10, 2018

    Mine is 15 months also and sometimes protests. With all 3 of my kids I actually just sing the ABCs for the top then the ABCs again on the bottom. She laughs usually. Sometimes she will take the toothbrush and try to do it herself so I let her and then continue my part and song once she’s finished being independent. I remember with my first having to sometime force it. I felt bad but we don’t have the best teeth in my family so it’s important to me.

  • Lily
    Dec 11, 2018

    It is necessary at the first tooth is out. You have to brush them first and let them "play" with it. My daughter love to brush her teeth all day if you let her. Put some brushing song for your kid and sing when you are brushing his and do brush yours in the same time....make it fun Sing

  • Angel
    Dec 11, 2018

    My little loves brushing. We put on a toothbrush song and brush along. We just gave her a soft bristled toothbrush for her to play with to get used to it, then we suggest using it like mommy and daddy. You could also brush with her or even let her “help” you brush your teeth.

  • Gen
    Dec 22, 2018

    I started as soon as his first tooth popped out, I used some teeth wipes for babies I got at buy buy baby mainly for his gums since it was only one tooth and as soon as more came out I used the baby tooth brush by freida baby