Brushing baby's teeth

@jessmtiu (251)
Philippines
February 15, 2007 3:43am CST
I am having a difficult time brushing my baby's teeth because he moves around a lot and it's really hard to reach those teeth that are deep inside his mouth. How did you do it? Are there any other ways I can maintain my baby's oral hygiene without brushing his teeth?
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
17 Feb 07
DS is 14 months and has a whopping 16 teeth already! I started using one of the little finger brushes and toddler toothpaste. Once he has had his stories, clean diaper & PJ's, he knows it's time to brush. It hurt when he started biting my finger in the brush, so I got him a toddler brush for his birthday. I can usually do a quick touching of the teeth before he gets too chewy on it. Sometimes I have to finish with the finger one while he "brushes" himself with the other one. From what our pediatrician said, do your best at brushing. One main thing is to get them in the habit of doing it every day. When they're old enough for you to do a good job, it won't be a new thing for them.
• United States
16 Feb 07
My toddler is good with brushing her teeth now especially she sees me brushing mine all the time. The regular toothbrush doesn't do any good with her because she bites it...so I found those cute toddler's electric brush, they are good and clean very well. At first we make it as a game...I told her she had eaten candy and I can see all the different colors of candy in her teeth. So, I pretend I had brush off every possible color and after brushing, her teeth is all white again. She got use to this game that if it is brushing time, she just go to the bathroom and brush away.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
15 Feb 07
When my son was younger, we would lay him down on the changing table and brush his teeth.. it worked the best because he was used to having to stay still on the table while I changed his diaper, so it worked out well. We also started to sing a song to him while we brushed his teeth, and we still sing it now and brush during it, to make sure we brush long enough. You really HAVE to brush his teeth, there really is not any other alternative. Also make sure you brush at night time, some people just do the morning but they forget about all that sugar sitting in the child's mouth from thier foods or milk/juices from the day. Just be consistent with it and he'll get used to it. We'll be starting with our little one here soon, he just turned 5 months and has two little teeth.