Need advice on brushing my 16 month old's teeth! Love My Evan Due May 8; 1 child; Adak, Alaska 39 posts
13th Sep '13

My 16 month old little boy already has 12 teeth. I've brushed his gums and teeth for months now. A couple of weeks ago he just won't have it, and will not open his mouth and let me brush his teeth!

I never brushed hard or for long periods of time, so I know it's not hurting him. The last doctor appointment we had said to use an electric toothbrush, but my baby is deathly scared of it for some reason.

What do you suggest? I'm worried about cavities, and within these last couple of weeks I've noticed a change in the color of his teeth.

Please help! Thanks in advance!!

Super Mommy! 4 kids; ☺, CA, United States 16017 posts
status 13th Sep '13

Are you still using a manual toothbrush?

Love My Evan Due May 8; 1 child; Adak, Alaska 39 posts
13th Sep '13

Yes, just the manual toothbrush since he's extremely scared of the electric. I've tried to let him play with the electric while it's on and he drops and, screams, and hides behind me... :/

♥garrett&adalyn 2 kids; Texas 10762 posts
13th Sep '13

my son went through this for a few months.. I think maybe it's just a phase. We'd literally have to fight him every night. He's 2.5 years old now and he just started being okay with his teeth being brushed/brushing his teeth 2-3 months ago.

Does your son like to do it himself? What we do is all go brush our teeth together, let DS brush some and then one of us takes it from him and brushes them. Then he can have it back for a couple minutes if he wants. That seemed to help us.

♥garrett&adalyn 2 kids; Texas 10762 posts
13th Sep '13

He also has about 3-4 different tooth brushes and he likes that he can choose which one he wants to use lol.

Ladee+Grant+Lilly 2 kids; Tallahassee, FL, United States 22689 posts
13th Sep '13

Our dentist suggested taking a washcloth and rolling it up to make like a "block" of sorts, and use that to help prop the mouth open while we brush. My son is autistic, and doesn't like the tooth brushing...but this has helped. He can bite down and grit it out and I can still brush

Elle&Cole⛄️ 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 29596 posts
13th Sep '13

I had to hold her down lol. Then she learned to like the electric one. But now she just likes to use my tooth brush

Ꭶwan♥Nemo Due September 24 (boy); 1 child; Kansas City, Missouri 7526 posts
13th Sep '13

Give him the toothbrush?

I let my 15 month brush his teeth first, (he actually does a pretty decent job I think) and then I go back in after. and he lets me

SherryandMatt Due February 15 (boy); 2 kids; 6 angel babies; Arizona 4321 posts
13th Sep '13

DD stands on a stool in the bathroom and I turn the sink on so she can play with her hands in the water. She leans her head back and i hold it with one hand and brush with the other. She loves having her teeth brushed though, actually she likes to do it. But if she is distracted with washing her hands she lets me do it no problem. GL.

And letting him pick out his toothbrush might get him more interested. We just use a manual, she sees the dentist and he never recommended an electric one. She knows which toothbrush she wants before we get to the bathroom! LOL She also likes it when dad brushes his teeth with her:)