I have a special toddler toothbrush from the dentist (it has a round handle). The first couple times I tried he let me stick it in his mouth and kind of brush, but now he is tight lipped when he sees it coming. How can I get him used to the toothbrush if I can't even get it in his mouth? I'm not trying to get his teeth completely brushed, just getting him used to it. How do I make it fun for him? I don't use toothpaste, just wet it with water. I tried giving it to him to "play" with but he just flings it.
I'm worried about the cavity thing. thanks!
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We're dealing with decay right now. If I had it to do over again, I'd still night nurse, nurse to sleep, but I'd try to get babe in the habit of letting me wipe his teeth off afterwards. I'd also try to rub a little xylitol tooth gel on his teeth after nursing. At a minimum, I've heard that it's a good idea to roll them onto their backs for a while after nursing.
Anyway, I said all that to say that I think a lot of times some children are more genetically disposed to having bad teeth than others. Of course, what you feed them will help to block that, too. There was once a study that was done that said that teeth decay the fastest when mixed with breastmilk and food. SO maybe try to get their mouths washed out before they nurse? Maybe even a drink of water or something would do that.
There have been to many mom's weaned their kids because of misinformation and I want to do all I can to get the message out there. My dd night nursed till she weaned at 31 months and had zero teeth issues even without me brushing them. My ds on the other had still nursing and has horrible teeth they came in with weak enamal and we are still having issues with them. It is a genetic more than anything else soem kids will have trouble no matter what we do.
The benifits to bfing are to many to give it up especially since it has been proven time and again that bm helps prevent caries.
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