Dental Health

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Brushing teeth.

I started teaching my kid about brushing her teeth. We started with just water on the brush and then i guess i made the mistake of jumping to real toothpaste but the kids type. I dont why she didnt like it at all. Eventhough was a bubble fruit flavor type 🙄. I went back to doing just water and she was fine. I then bought a training tootpaste which is floruide free and is also clear. She tried i... More

  • Jessica
    Oct 02

    We have started doing this with our almost 3yr old. We got baby toothbrushes for the whole family, including our nanny, so we can brush our teeth next to him and show him. And then if they let you, ask "can I help you finish brushing your teeth?" Seems to work so far for us. Also, we use HELLO and Burts Bees brand kids toothpaste. HELLO-Starwberry flavor smells really good...might help! Haha🤷‍♀️

C posted in Dental Health Sep 12

How to get him to take orthodontic pacifier?

He's 1. Pediatric wisdom says that he shouldn't be using pacifiers anymore at his age, yes, but I dare you to tell him that. He's attached to a non orthodontic pacifier that he's had since he was in the NICU. So if he's going to keep using that thing, I figure he should at least transition to one built for kids his age, and one that won't be a detriment to his emerging t... More

  • B
    Sep 12

    My dentist says as long as it is gone by 3 teeth will be fine. I wouldn’t stress it and just work in only giving him a pacifier for sleep and then slowly transition out in the next year or so

C posted in Dental Health Sep 12

How to turn toddler on to brushing teeth?

I would do the cloth to the gums thing when he was a baby, to get him used to the feeling of brushing early on. He was cooperative back then. Now he's 1. He won't even let me near his mouth with a cloth or napkin. Now he has 6 baby teeth and his meals aren't all milk anymore. How do I get him to like brushing?

  • Lauren
    Sep 19

    There is a really awesome book with different toothbrush characters my toddler Loves! I think it’s called “ Brushies”. It’s a finger toothbrush toddler or adults can use.

  • Jess
    Sep 26

    Try a cool light up toothbrush! My son loves his!

Brushing teeth

My 1year old has 2 teeth and 4 more coming out. How do I start brushing his teeth?

  • Mary
    Sep 06

    We watch the Elmo toothbrushing video on YouTube while we brush. Keeps them distracted!

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Sep 10

    They have wipes for mouth and finger tooth brushes ❤

Brushing teeth

My son is 15 months old he won't let me brush his teeth. I tried 3 different toothbrushes but he just sucks the toothpaste and bites down on it. I tried to wipe them tonight he wouldn't let me do that either. Any ideas tips on how I can brush his teeth?

  • Stevie
    Sep 06

    My dentist said let them chew on the brush if they want. My son loved it at first then didn’t want me to do it now says brush teeth and sits while I do it. He liked sitting in the sink and looking in the mirror while I did it too. He’s 2 now.

  • Toni
    Sep 11

    I like the “your turn then mommy’s turn” approach. He’s learning but you can make sure they really get clean. It’s not something to ruin your bedtime routine over.

How to break the pacifier habit?

My three year old still sucks on a pacifier at night and during nap time. We are having the hardest time breaking the habit. We have tried cold turkey but he just finds his little brother’s pacifier and uses that. Really looking for anything that worked with anyone else. We would like to kick this habit as soon as possible.

  • Ashley
    Jul 30

    I will try the cut

  • Lucy
    Aug 01

    We made a bid deal about her “giving “ it to a friends baby. ( of course they didn’t use it). She was so proud to be the big girl she never went back and still talks about it!

Nicole posted in Behavior Jul 11

Grinding teeth

My 21 month old has recently started to grind his teeth. Has anyone else experience this? Is there anything I can do to get him to stop?

  • Angelica
    Jul 14

    My son did this too. It’s usually just a phase and they stop on their own. His dentist wasn’t worried either. His said it’s unlikely that his jaw is strong enough to do any damage. Mention it to his dentist the next time he goes just so they are aware. Try offering him a teething ring or something else to put in his mouth that will occupy him. Otherwise you just have to kind of ignore it.

  • Vonda
    Jul 25

    He’s probably teething. Mine does the same thing when he teeth hurt. So I give him a teether or homemade popsicle.

Anonymous posted in Dental Health Jun 21

Fun way to get my little freak (I mean toddler) to brush their teeth

So this has been working!! Lately I grab one of the stuffed animals and pretend to brush its teeth while my toddler brushes theirs. Then I switch...have my toddler brush the bears teeth while I brush the toddlers:). Nothing else was really working (not even brushing mine or letting my toddler brush mine while I brush theirs). This has been the most effective way. Just thought I’d share.

  • Amanda
    Jun 23

    An electric toothbrush! We also use a board game called “Bunny Bedtime” as a bedtime routine and brushing teeth is apart of the game. My 2 year old loves it!

  • Fara
    Jun 30


Brushing teeth

We struggle to brush my 2 year olds teeth. He doesn’t want to let us brush and can’t do it yet on his own. Any suggestions for getting a good brushing ?

  • Ashleigh
    Jun 19

    We started with the Elmo song ‘Brush teeth song’ cause it shows all these kids brushing their teeth and I also think she was just distracted enough to let me brush them. But, as the wonderment disappeared I always just enthusiastically talk about brushing teeth. I let her chew on floss when I am flossing. too cause she things that’s fun. I just try to be happy about it and we also made a spitti... More

  • Jennifer
    Jun 23

    Where did you get the lights up toothbrush. Is 2 to young for the electric toothbrush?

Anonymous posted in Dental Health May 15

When did your babies start brushing their teeth?

I read that kids shouldn’t use toothpaste until a certain age but when should they start brushing their teeth twice a day?

  • B
    May 15

    My doctor and pediatric dentist both recommended a small rice sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as teeth came in, and brushing twice a day

  • Elle
    May 19

    As soon as they get a tooth!

Suddenly he hates brushing teeth

So my 19 month old has suddenly decided he hates brushing teeth... He was doing fine with it, and one day he wanted to do it himself so I let him and I helped. Now he won't brush himself and battles me, he won't go along with me brushing his teeth at all. Any one been through this? It's never been an issue until this last week.

  • Ashley
    May 17

    I started getting him used to it with one of those finger toothbrushes when he got his first two teeth. I also had one of those ones they can hold onto and i let him chew on it and mess around with it, it's one of those funny shaped ones the dentist gives you. Now he has a normal brush, and was doing fine but now he hates it all of a sudden. Haven't conquered this yet, I tried going bac... More

  • J
    May 17

    We bought a little kids electric tooth brush. My son did the same thing. Was fine with us brushing and one day he was not. It became horrible trying to force him into it. I started thinking it was maybe due to some teeth coming in. But now he likes his new toothbrush and I just guide him with it. He’s 19months.

How to brush 1 yr old teeth?

My daughter just turned 1 last week — she has 6 teeth total, 4 top and 2 bottom, but has 2 more coming in on top! She DESPISES me coming anywhere near her with the brush, and she’s not really there as far as doing it herself. I tried the “finger” brushes, a soft rubber texture brush that slips over my finger to see if she’d simply chew so I could get a bit of brushing in but she fuuuusses. A... More

  • Diana
    Apr 30

    Try an electric toothbrush

  • BravoDad
    May 10

    Brush your teeth with your toothbrush, and encourage baby to brush babys own teeth with a matching, slightly smaller version of your toothbrush. Let baby see you enjoying it and having fun!

What age should I start brushing my little ones teeth?

My mom thinks I’m silly for wanting to get my LO a tooth brush at 12 months, but she has 9 teeth already and is eating a lot of different food. I don’t normally give her too much processed sugar, but for her first birthday party this past Saturday she did manage to get her hands on quite a bit throughout the day from multiple family members and her smash cake. aI know some of my babysitters fee... More

  • Janna
    Apr 29

    As soon as the first one pops through.

  • John
    May 23

    As soon as those pearls poke through!

Anonymous posted in Behavior Mar 23


My daughter is 7.5m and has 4 teeth - top and bottom twos. I know there are more on the way but she keeps on grinding the teeth she has now. Any suggestions on making her stop?

  • molly
    Mar 23

    Give her a cold apple to gnaw on. or give her chopped chilled apple/pear in a self feeder. Helped my kid. he loved it and soothed his gums.

  • Michaela
    Mar 25

    This drove me insane! But in all honestly it probably last 2 weeks tops and once the other two popped through, he stopped grinding them

Anonymous posted in Dental Health Feb 14

Toothpaste help

Anyone have recommendations on toothpaste for beginner? Fluoride or not? I've also heard of xylitol as well and dont know what to get. Help! He doesn't know to spit out when brushing yet.

  • Jenn
    Feb 21

    Kids aren't really able to fully comprehend spitting until around 6 years old. We use fluoride free toothpaste at the recommendation of my dentist. If you buy something with xylitol, be aware that if you have dogs, it is extremely fatal for them to ingest.

  • becky
    Feb 25

    Toms fluoride free. My sons dentist says no fluoride until they can spit it out. Depending on age you might not even need to use toothpaste yet.

Dentist for toddler?

I’m a FTM and am unsure of how to approach the dentist. Do you go to your regular dentist with your toddler? Pediatric dentist? What can I expect? When should we go? My son is almost 2.

  • Alexis
    Feb 10

    I've been told by my dentist and my pediatrician that age 3 is normal. However, if you find a pediatric dentist you like then you can take them as early as you want. Unfortunately the closest pediatric dentist to us is an hour away. I have read though that it's a good idea to take your child with you to your appointments a few times before they have to go themselves. It gives them the o... More

  • Josh
    Feb 11

    We took our 2 year old to our dentist where she watched both of us get our teeth cleaned then she had hers done. It was a good experience. Taking her didn’t seem necessary from a standpoint of dental hygiene so much as building trust at the dentist office so she feels comfortable in the years to come.

Elise posted in Behavior Feb 05

My 15 month old boy cries like no tomorrow when I try to brush his 6 new front teeth. Any tricks?

FYI, he also hates it when I try to wipe his face and his hands 😖

  • PK
    Feb 05

    Oh and we started using training toothpaste and a bristle brush over a banana silicone brush and it helped. Also we would let him brush our teeth.

  • Toni
    Feb 05

    We had to hold the arms like when the child is getting a shot or the ears pierced. After a while they would want to brush on their own without the fighting.

When should I take my 2 year old to the dentist? He just turn two and has plenty of teeth?

  • Crystal
    Feb 07

    Actually, please have him drink fluoride water! I don't know if you read my last comment 😉

  • Tilcia Menifee
    Feb 07

    Crystal okay.

Space maintainer

I have a question about space maintainers. My daughter just got her baby molar removed and the dentist offered a space maintainer. The dentist was not very cathegoric about it, because my daughter's permanent molars are in alreasy. But since insurance covers it 100%, she said why not. So I don't know. Do we really need it? If your kid has it, how does it feel? Any problems related to i... More


Hi everyone! My daughter just turned 1 should I now start taking her to the dentist?? I forgot to ask my doc at her last visit.

  • Alexis
    Jan 21

    Wow, our pediatrician and our dentist both told us that 3 is the average age when kids start seeing the dentist. I'd actually love to take my kids as soon as they start getting teeth but the closest pediatric dentist to us is over an hour away and they arent covered by our insurance :/

  • Vonda
    Jan 23

    Yes. My son turned one and we took him to get his first check up. Especially since he has almost all of his baby teeth in.

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