Brushing teeth

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Brushing teeth

Good golly, I am so regretting my twin-induced ADHD brain! ROFL We were not good about really teaching the girls how to brush their teeth. We didn't start them early enough and once we did, we forgot all the time. There is something about chasing mobile babies around and trying to get them dressed, whether it is in the morning or in their jammies at night, that just makes you so happy to move on to other things, like putting them to bed. Lol So, I am now working with the girls on brushing their teeth. Of course, they both insist that they can do it themselves and mommy better not come near that toothbrush, or we are going to thrash about and scream like crazy. :shock: Any ideas? At this point, I feel like I have to talk to them and grab the stupid toothbrush, swipe it over their teeth as gently and quickly as possible, and shove it back into their little itty bitty hands to avoid a complete meltdown. Plus, once one sees that I have done that to the other, they are shrieking and waving their toothbrush around, clamping their mouth shut, and essentially trying to keep me from torturing them the same way. ROFL

Life with my singleton was so much easier. He knew how to brush, with supervision, and spit by now. Biggrin My girls have no clue what spitting is, but they do try.

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What if you have a toothbrush and they have one to hold as well? Sometimes that worked with my toddlers. We are not great at brushing toddler teeth either. It is fun to watch them be so independent, but so hard too. lol

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Good idea! I am planning to buy some toothbruses for their stockings, so I think that sounds like a good plan. We shall see. They may still shriek and scream.

We just started a high-pitched scream phase for any time we are mad or scared. I think I am losing my hearing! Biggrin

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Oh the high pitched screaming times two, so very very fun! Sometimes the 2 toothbrushes works here, sometimes not so much, about how everything works with toddlers, intermittently. lol.

We always do toothbrushes in the stockings too! Smile

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Joined: 04/20/06
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Oh, we have toothbrush fun here too. They do get brushed at night, but most days not in the morning. As they are wrapped up in towels straight from the bath, I lie them on the bed and hold their heads still... sounds a bit rough, but it works. I try to giggle and make a game out of it. Some days there are lots of screams, others it is funny to them. Rinsing/spitting is something we've not even shown them. Oops.

I've got talking toothbrushes for their stockings this year...hopefully they will love them!

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It's still sometimes a challenge with my DD, and she's 3! The deal at our house is that I get to brush her teeth first and if she does a good job cooperating, she gets a turn. Otherwise, it's just me. Works pretty well for the independent 3 yo mind, but your girls may be a bit young for that yet. She also loves to brush her teeth while I brush mine - you could try that...

Good luck! I dread having to deal with these things with 2 of them. :shock:

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Joined: 04/29/09
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I got nothing, we're in the same boat! They never get brushed in the morning, most days I just forget because i'm focused on getting diapers changed and breakfast ready. At night Gabe will sometimes let me "check" his teeth (ie brush them for him) after he brushes them, but Isaac freaks out if I try to take control of the toothbrush. I know he's not getting the back at all...but what else can I do? I will try the two toothbrushes thing and see if that works!

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I am glad to know that I am not alone. My girls are slowly stopping the screaming and such, but it is still a battle. I need to get the toothbrushes from their stockings and move them into the bathroom. I keep forgetting them. Gah! They have a dentist appt. on 1/12. This ought to be fun! I need to ask DH to go with me, I think. I don't think I can handle all 3 kids by myself at the dentist.

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Mel... I feel your pain. I have a checkup for all four kids on the 10th.. and now I am thinking, "what was I thinking scheduling ALL FOUR kids on the same day, but then again... I'd have to take the twins with me anyhow to the older kids. And they are all out of school until the 17th anyhow... we'll see how it goes. lol. This will be their 2nd checkup, and I think at this age its mostly to get them used to the dentist. Smile

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We are moving in the right direction. The girls have realized that I am not trying to take their toothbrushes away completely. So, they now let me take it and brush their teeth because they know they will get it back. Yay!