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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:23 pm 
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We watch this video every night, at least 3 or 4 times. It is so great. Thank you again kimba!

She loves Carlos! No matter how much she wants to run and hide, that cute face always lures her back to the video so I can get in and brush her!

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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:34 pm 
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I know!! After teeth brushing getting more fraught the last few days, I finally gave up trying in the bathroom and pulled the Carlos video back up. Worked like a charm. We watched it about 5 times, more than enough to get all the teeth brushed.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:46 pm 
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At our last doctor's appointment, she told us that at the next appointment she would recommend brushing before bed (after nursing). I'm dreading that transition. Right now we brush after we put on jammies, read, and then nurse. How are other people managing this? I haven't tried it yet, but I'm assuming she would freak if I tried to brush at that point.


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:51 pm 
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Yipes, we couldn't do that bc L nurses to sleep.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:40 am 
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We finally tried to brush Giles' teeth. We got one of those fingertip brushers. It was a total no-go. We didn't put paste or anything on it - I wish I had started this when he was a teeeeeny weeeeeny baby so he was used to it. I read C&S saying E was very "secretive" with his mouth - well Giles is too!!! He won't let us do anything in there :(


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:26 pm 
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So I just saw an ad for these on tv:

http://www.spinbrush.com/toothtunes.html#listennow

First, I thought that was the dumbest thing I'd ever seen. Took me a minute to figure out it was marketed towards kids.

And then I realized: they need to make one preloaded with the Carlos Toothbrushing Song. And then it would be the most brilliant thing I've ever seen.


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:28 pm 
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OMG. That would be amazing. We sing the Carlos Toothbrushing song at least 10x a day. While brushing the dogs teeth, while brushing our teeth, while brushing Leela's teeth.

And she really barely resists at all these days. Thanks so much Kimba! Also, I wish I could share it with people, but won't without asking first, so Kimba, would you mind if I share this?

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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:35 am 
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Feel free to share it! I'm glad some people are finding it helpful. :)

annasrobbie, we started with one of those fingertip brushes before Carlos had teeth and it helped with the transition for sure. We also used something like this with little nubbies to get him used to oral stimulation. http://www.nuk-usa.com/all-products/ora ... shset.aspx Certainly these don't effectively remove plaque (nor do the finger brushes), but they can sometimes help for the transition. I think the finger one helped us more than the nubby one, but it depends on the kid too. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:42 am 
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We have had some minimal success wiping his gums and teeth with a washrag - so we will try that a little longer and then see if we can use a brush.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:07 pm 
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Almost no tears yesterday!


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
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Tonight, Freya is exhausted and crying because she had an early nap, then spiked a fever and rash reacting to her vax and just generally feels like shiitake. She is hyper-sensitive about every single thing. She cries when Pappa is too far away, but wants Mommy there too. She is just really a basket case. Cries through pajamas. Cries through the "washer woman" song (which she loves). cries through the funny cream jar with the baby butt on it. Cries cries cries.

Then....she brushes her teeth and all is well with the world for a few minutes. Seriously....crazy psycho baby one minute, smiling toddler sucking on wet toothbrush the next.

I love my weird kid.


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Could that be because she's teething? L has canines breaking through and actually signed "cute baby brush teeth" to get her Carlos fix. And she let me brush her teeth with no protest. This is the best video ever.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 9:03 pm 
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That's awesome, Tofulish! She's got some advanced signing skills!


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 6:52 pm 
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hey kimba, a bit of a tooth q here. my 16 month old has normal front teeth, but her bottom back molars she's just cut are very pointy and they look a few different shades of white and i was wondering, if this is a normal look or if i should be rushing her to the dentist to get a flouride treatment or something? she hasn't had these teeth long enough to get caries or anything yet and i don't know what a normal molar looks like to judge lol i could just be looking to closely for problems... i don't *really* want to take her to the dentist yet, i would like to avoid the trauma if all babies' new molars are in fact pointy and clearish on top.... Lard, i can't even tell after typing this if it's a crazy thing to wonder or a genuine concern :/


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:08 pm 
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Teeth have some normal variation in color and there can also be abnormal variation in color for a variety of reasons. Also, they usually look pretty bumpy, but without seeing her I can't really answer your question. I would see a dentist either way so that she is established with someone. Good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:40 pm 
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heh. i book a dental appointment and then rang my mum and she laughed and told me that i did the exact same thing when elijah got his molars, except i eventually chilled out and waited to see if they became normal and they did. and you know, after she said that, i remember. i was all set to get tooth mousse (even though it contains dairy products, i was that convinced something wasn't right). now i'm tempted to cancel the app. hmmm.

side note, i'm sick atm and i tend to start worrying about stuff when i don't feel well...


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:31 pm 
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Bumping this thread so I can find it easily. We have been having a nightmarish time with the toothbrushing recently and I am hoping the magic Carlos video will help? I really wish we didn't need teeth. Teething is so horrible and now oral care is so difficult...


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:50 pm 
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I hope it helps.

I want to update this thread with info on current recommendations for fluoride on baby's toothbrush.

I think I posted this somewhere else on PPK earlier? Here it is here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/20 ... ore-age-2/


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:16 pm 
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We still struggle with brushing, but generally get in one good brushing a day. We are still pretty much holding her down to do it, by far the least gentle part of our day, but it needs to be done. We had our first visit to the dentist and she let the hygienist do almost everything. And no cavities! (I had two tiny ones, though :( I started on a fluoride rinse at home). I wish they would fluoridate our water. But doubt it will ever happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:01 pm 
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ugh ugh ugh. since BabyPunk has issues with her mouth, toothbrushing has taken a back burner.
i was talking to my aunt the other day who is a dental hygenist and i was asking her when people should actually start using toothpaste instead of just a brush and water. she basically told me what kimba's link says that they recommend flouride like anytime now.
we've yet to start using toothpaste since she has such a strong aversion to things in her mouth it's hard enough to get her to use the toothbrush never mind put a flavor on it. i cant even imagine that happening.
we've been trying to work a nightly brushing into our story time before bed routine and she's been ok with my husband for it. it doesnt happen every night.
they only semi saving grace is that since she doesnt eat food the only thing that goes in her mouth is breastmilk and water.

lately since she's been drinking small amounts of chocolate soy milk (and the other day plain almond milk) i made sure that night she gets her teeth brushed somehow even if i have to get out the cloth and wipe her teeth.

i cant take her to the dentist. i cant even imagine the shiitake show that would be. i dont want to risk having her more tramautized about things near her mouth. normally she's the most well behaved kid on the planet but man does she hate the drs office. i imagine a dentist's office would look the same to her. my pedi said sometime around 2 she recommended their first dentist visit so maybe something will change in the coming months that it wont be the worst idea ever.

my aunt seemed mildly concerned about her lack of flouride. right now the only flouride she gets is because she will drink small amounts of water out of a glass and our water is floridated. ugh.

i feel completely panicky that all her teeth are going to rot out of her head and her adult teeth wont be good either.

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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
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I don't know if this is good advice or not, but my mom told me recently that when i was a baby she took me to her dentist appts and had me sit on her lap during it, so that I wouldn't be scared when I had to go to the dentist. I'm guessing that means i was a pretty chill baby, so your mileage may vary. also, i hate the dentist now, but i was ok with it when i was a kid.

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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
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i havent even looked at baby toothpaste yet.
do you use something different from adult toothpaste?

do they make anything that is pretty flavorless?
do they need to rinse after?

im trying to think about all the gargantuan hurdles i have to overcome with this task

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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
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They don't need to rinse after if you are using a smear if toothpaste. I found the Spiffies gel to be a good transition to toothpaste, but it doesn't have any fluoride. It doesn't foam which is good for sensitive mouths.


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 Post subject: Re: Brushing baby's teeth
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thanks.
ill look around. i really need to get her on board the tooth brushing train. she seems better with the brush on some days now i need to add toothpaste.

id probably start with a tiny amount since she has such an oral aversion to everything.

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so i was in target today looking at baby toothpaste and literally all of them were fluoride free.

im confused. i know some people are like super anti fluoride which is baffling to me but i thought it was well established that fluoride in toothpaste was important.

does it affect the taste so kids are less willing to put it in the mouths?

is the recommendation that fluoride toothpaste be used on babies a super new recommendation?

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