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How do you brush a 13 month old's teeth? We got a late start, I am very sad to say, and now I have to figure out how to do it. She will wiggle her little toothbrush around in there a little, which is great, but we're not getting anything clean. She won't sit still and has tantrums. She hates fingers or things put in her mouth. Plus the only "toddler safe" toothpaste we could find has SACCHARIN in it. Ew! I am worried because she nurses a lot during the night, and has for all 13 months. HELP?
 

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You got to just brush them. Honestly, just do it, even if you are kneeling on dc and holding them down to do it. There are a lot of tips and advice already on this subject over in the dental board archives. There are many brands of toothpaste for kids out there w/o sacc just search on drugstore.com even or over to whole foods, at 13 mths you can take her to the dentist and the hygenist will show you how to brush and what direction and for how long.<br><br>
Maybe remind yourself that Not brushing your kids teeth is like not wiping their poopy bum, you would hold your dc down to scrap off poop, so sameidea you do what you need to in order to get rid of bacteria and plaque.<br>
Good luck to you as you sort this out,<br>
Mary
 

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My ds is 12 months and we recently just started brushing his teeth....We used one of those finger tip brushes..w/toothpaste made for babies (no sacc). He recently got 4 top teeth and has 2 bottom teeth and lately he is eating more finger foods.....<br><br>
He actually likes it.....I think he likes his gums massaged, helps with teething.......Makes me think we are doing something wrong because alot people have to hold down their dc to brush their teeth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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My dd is 19 months old and still hates when I brush her teeth with a regular toothbrush. I've had a fingertip toothbrush since she was first getting teeth. She'll let me use that without too much fuss. She wants to have her turn ASAP. So, I've made it the "rule" that I get a turn to brush her teeth first, then she gets to do it by herself. Here's something similar, but ours is made by Baby Oragel, I think. <a href="http://www.kidsurplus.com/fir3227.html" target="_blank">http://www.kidsurplus.com/fir3227.html</a> Maybe that would be better than a regular toothbrush? I agree with the previous poster that it's just something you HAVE to do. Great comparison to the poopy butt!
 

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DS is 11 months and we just started brushing, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Here's what we got; it's just what everyone else is describing. The toothpaste is saccharine & flouride free:<br><br><a href="http://www.drugstore.com/qxp76317_333181_sespider/first_teeth/a_natural_enzyme_baby_toothpaste.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drugstore.com/qxp76317_33...toothpaste.htm</a><br><br>
We got it at Target for $4 and change.
 

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Our newest game with dd who is 19 mo is (me)"can you open your mouth like a great big..." (her) "Ladybug!!!" or something equally silly, but it works! We usually have to go through 4 animals/bugs to get all of the teeth brushed, but it works. Also, in the morning, she likes to brush her teeth while sitting on the potty (not peeing, just sitting) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> So, in conclusion, I have no clue. Just find whatever works. Also, I'm not above bribes for something like teeth brushing. A stamp on the hand or sticker, or whatever. Good luck!
 

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Hi!<br>
I'm not stalking you, I swear!<br>
We recently started brushing our daughter's teeth too. I've found what works for us (somewhat) is to hold her on my hip in front of the sink and tell her "We're going to brush your teeth now!" But first I "brush" mine, while holding her and I make her wait her turn. She thinks that is super cool. She can't wait to get the toothbrush in her mouth. I tried very hard to use her own toothbrush but she's not terribly interested. I actually use an electric toothbrush on her which she likes A LOT! It spins so I think in the extremely short amount of time I can get it in there it does more than a manual one. I use the Braun Oral B with the small round head.<br>
As a side note, I have terrible teeth and ever since a hygienist recommended the toothbrush I've gone cavity free. Usually every at six month cleaning I would have new cavities so that's a HUGE improvement for me. The toothbrush also has a 2 minute timer that's great cause who knew you were supposed to brush for 2 minutes?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
I don't bother with tootpaste for her either. Unless you are interested in flouride, toothpaste doesn't really serve any purpose other than flavor. I used to work for a dentist too!
 

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I had such a difficult time getting my dd to brush her teeth. She was just too little and would suck the toothpaste off the brush. If I went to brush them, we'd have a major scream fest on our hands. I just brushed the best I could and went from there. As she got older and started to get the idea of "taking turns" I made it into a game where I'd say "Mamma brush Maddy's teeth first, then Maddy brush Maddy's teeth". She thought it was the best thing going and I was able to brush her teeth and she was able to "brush" her teeth too (which again, consisted of eating the toothpaste <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> ). Now she's better at brushing them herself, but I still go and do a good brushing because she's still so little and isn't getting all the teeht all the time. It does get better, but it takes patience, persistence and some creativity. Good luck to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Some days are easier than others with dd (18mo). I usually brush my teeth while I let her "brush" hers. It used to be she just sucked the toothpaste off, but now she's starting to imitate me. Then when I'm done with mine, it's my turn to brush her. And sometimes I have to let her pretenf to brush mine.
 

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What works for us is for both hubby and I to brush our teeth along with David. He likes to immitate us, so this has been very helpful. Another thing that he likes to do is brush OUR teeth for us - kinda role reversal - but it really helps. No matter what, though, we always go back and brush his teeth after we're all done "playing".
 

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I've been struggling with Ian forever on toothbrushing. He had his first dentist appointment this week (he has some chipped teeth I wanted examined) and it turns out he has two cavities. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> It's come to the point where good brushing is a necessity, Ian's lack of cooperation is compromising his health. *sigh*<br><br>
I bought one of the battery operated toothbrushes with the spinning head. I don't usually get battery operated anything but I figured this was worth a shot since the kid screams and chomps down on his regular toothbrush leaving me unable to brush. Well guess what? He <i>loves</i> the new toothbrush and keeps asking, "Hold toothbrush?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> For the first time ever I'm able to effectively brush this boy's teeth and several times a day at that, woohoo!<br><br>
(We're going back in July to get the teeth examined again and determine how we'll go about fixing them. *shudder*)
 

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You've gotten other good suggestions, but I just wanted to add that Tom's of Maine toothpaste doesn't have saccharine. I just use a tiny tiny tiny amt and my toddler likes the minty taste.
 

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FYI i use Toms of Maine for my 14 mo old, it comes in a strawberry lavor and has no saccrine or flouride. I have to hold down her bottom lip to get to the bottom teeth. i let her "brush" first then mama helps.<br><br>
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We're struggling with this too. I refuse to hold her down while she screams. They are baby teeth and she'll make new teeth eventually. I'd rather have her put under general anesthesia once or twice than spend every night holding her down while she screams. I brush her teeth once a week or so. She doesn't have cavities but in that amount of time she does develop a lot of plaque. I am working on new ways of getting her to "submit" to a toothbrushing, but all in all, I cannot make it such a priority that I will abuse her for it. I cannot.
 

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ITA.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We're struggling with this too. I refuse to hold her down while she screams. They are baby teeth and she'll make new teeth eventually. I'd rather have her put under general anesthesia once or twice than spend every night holding her down while she screams. I brush her teeth once a week or so. She doesn't have cavities but in that amount of time she does develop a lot of plaque. I am working on new ways of getting her to "submit" to a toothbrushing, but all in all, I cannot make it such a priority that I will abuse her for it. I cannot.</div>
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I don't think anyone here is advocating for abusing your child. And general anasthesia is not a replacement for toothbrushing.
 

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I feel that holding her down while she screams and forcing her to do something she doesn't want is abusive. I didn't say anyone else said that or advocated for abuse. I would rather have her put under once or twice in her childhood for cavities than spend every night in terror that I will physically restrain her and force her to do something she doesn't want. You're right, general anesthesia isn't a replacement for teeth brushing, I didn't say it was. It is a way to help "fix" her teeth if they decay because she refuses to brush her teeth. She has plenty of time to learn to brush her teeth in her own time, before her permanent teeth come in.
 

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I am following this thread with interest as I've been trying to brush my 11 month old son's teeth on a daily basis since he was 6 months and lately, the last few months, he just hates it!! He shuts his mouth tightly and cries when I get that brush near his teeth. But ,every day, I just try to pop it in again. During the day, I will put some gauze on my finger and wipe the teeth and gum area down. I hope that helps in lieu of a good brushing.<br><br><br>
But, ladies, I want to add something ... there is always a chance that not all of your child's baby teeth will be replaced by permanent adult teeth. I'm sure I'm not alone but I have about 4 baby teeth! I am 36 years old and so far, those little baby teeth are still in my mouth. I mean, I do have some adult teeth but 4 of my baby teeth never fell out. So, I am very glad that my parents did care for my teeth when I was baby since I am still using those darn little things!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But, ladies, I want to add something ... there is always a chance that not all of your child's baby teeth will be replaced by permanent adult teeth. I'm sure I'm not alone but I have about 4 baby teeth! I am 36 years old and so far, those little baby teeth are still in my mouth. I mean, I do have some adult teeth but 4 of my baby teeth never fell out. So, I am very glad that my parents did care for my teeth when I was baby since I am still using those darn little things!!!!</div>
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Great point! Most of my dad's teeth are baby teeth. There were never any permanent teeth underneath, so the baby ones never fell out or got pulled.<br><br>
Some other info...<br><a href="http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/childhealthdevelopment/chil3058.html" target="_blank">http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/c.../chil3058.html</a><br>
"When baby teeth are lost too early due to decay or infection, other primary teeth may shift to fill the gap. The shifting may not leave room for the permanent teeth. This usually causes the teeth to come in crooked, requiring future orthodontic care. The first visit to the dentist should be when all 20 of the primary teeth are in or earlier, if there are signs of decay or infection."
 
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