Cómo cepillar los dientes de prácticamente cualquier infante o párvulo

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It ain't pretty but it works

Si usted es como la mayoría de los padres con bebés o parvulitos, seguramente se las ve muy difíciles a la hora de cepillarles los dientes. Yo lo sé muy bien porque tengo tres hijos. He pasado por esa etapa de la crianza tres veces y he probado con todo lo existentes para que mis hijos cooperaran, incluso bromas, canciones y otras tonterías que me avergüenza mencionar.

Briani, mi hija de dos años está en esa etapa precisamente, por lo que me he visto obligado a crear un truco casero que funciona: hacerla llorar mientras trata de limpiarle sus dientecitos.

Ojo, que no estoy sugiriendo infligirle daño alguno. Lo que quiero decir es que, si el bebé o parvulito no coopera con el cepillado de sus dientes, haga algo que le provoque el llanto. La razón por la cual consideraría hacerlo es debido a que usualmente los parvulitos abren bien la boca para llorar, lo cual es idóneo para meter el cepillo y limpiarles los dientes.

Recientemente Briani se dio cuenta del truco, por lo que ya no puedo limpiarle los dientes mientras está de pie. En el caso de Briani, le hago que llore Y no le pongo el cepillo en la boca hasta que no apoye su cabecita sobre una superficie plana en nuestra cama. Esto le dificulta más escupir el dentífrico. Por supuesto que no es muy agradable, pero funciona.

¿Tiene algún truco que funcione con su bebé o parvulito?

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  • Max

    My son usually doesn’t mind brushing his teeth. He even gets to pick what kind of toothpaste he wants (blue bubble gum, or red cinnamon); but sometimes he gets really distracted and doesn’t get around to actually getting the job done.

    At that point I tell him that he can do it himself or I will have to help him. Most of the time he then remembers how much he doesn’t want me to do it for him, and quickly gets into shape……or……well…….I end up holding his head while (he screams and) I do it for him.

    Luckily we don’t get to that point very often.

  • PapiBlogger

    Max, this is quite funny. I think you capably described the next stage of this trick with Briani. This is not something moms would typically like to enforce though. I think it’s a total “dad thing.”

  • http://latinodadblog.com Gustavo

    I get to role play with my 4yr old so he can brush. But not all the time, sometimes I bluntly interrupt his favorite cartoon show while on commercial and make a whole scene to hurry up before the show comes back on. But my 1yr old he is just not having it, no songs or role playing, he hates brushing so we just stick the toothbrush as he opens his mouth to cry.

  • http://latinodadblog.com Gustavo

    almost forgot, I posted a blog this summber about my toothbrushing experience. I hope you likes :)

    http://latinodadblog.com/fatherhood/senor-cepillo

  • http://www.mamirosa.org Mamirosa & Co.

    hahaha! I always use this trick also. My little one HATES to get her teeth brushed but I also found another trick. I had a tooth pulled out due to ummm… probably eating too much candy, don’t cha know? So… when she refuses to brush her teeth, I tell her, “Want your teeth to fall out like Momma???” and I open my mouth wide and show her my missing tooth. Her eyes get really big and she usually cooperates. Usually… most of the time we have to resort to the whole crying thing. LOL

    Found your blog through twitter today. =)

  • Ashley R

    We have to tickle our son and distract him……he usually ends up crying though too!

  • PapiBlogger

    spoken like a true dad :-) Thanks for your note Gus! Long time since we saw you at McDonald’s!

  • PapiBlogger

    good link! Thanks Gus! Keep ‘em coming!

  • PapiBlogger

    thanks for your note Mamirosa. Nice, practical tip you had there!

  • Emily

    Such a dad! :) We have been trying all kinds of tricks with our young kids. I read about a parent giving their young kids toothbrushes after meals while they were still in their high chairs. That gives the kids some control and independence. Any hey, if they don’t do a great job (they won’t), at least they are doing more good than if they didn’t have their toothbrushes in their mouths at all! I’ve found some other good info and tips on this Mom’s Guide if you want to check it out. (Sorry, I know you are a dad, and this probably could have been written as the “Parents’ Guide”!)

  • Khoa Nguyen

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who does this. I was thinking I was a bad dad for doing it! Lol.

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  • Krysleon

    Suena como tortura infantil, pero justo yo tambien habia descubierto lo mismo con mi hijo de un año y la verdad funciona!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    es verdad. es tortura pero funciona!

  • Parent of 5

    OR you model teeth brushing for your child and make brushing fun. Let her pick out her own toothbrush and toothpaste and even include a song or timer. What you have done is create a powerstruggle. Your solution…physically overpower her? What you are doing is cruel and developmentally inapporpriate for a young child’s development.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    Thanks for your note Parent of 5. Briani rarely needs to have this trick done anymore but I can assure you we’ve already tried the nice way you wrote about here and more. Some kids just won’t let ANYTHING get in their mouthes so a parent has got to be creative or see their children suffer through tooth decay.

  • Tinkerbell3530

    This is what we have to do with my 22 month old. I would MUCH rather do this and have my son upset for a minute with me then have him at a dentist being papoosed held down by a stranger screaming while they put a needle in his mouth and extract, fill, or cap all his little teeth!! I work in a pediatric dental office and I have seen babies as young as 1 year old come in and have to have FOUR AND FIVE extractions, etc. ! Before children are two the only way to do dental work is to take them to a hospital operating room to be put to sleep or to just hold them down and do the dental work!!! ITS WORTH THE CRYING TO GET THEM CLEAN AND HEALTHY AND KEEP THEM THAT WAY!

  • Tinkerbell3530

    If all else fails I would MUCH rather do this than my child lose all of his teeth by the time he is 1, 2, or however old. IT CAN AND WILL HAPPEN IF THEY DONT BRUSH!. Even if they dont eat or drink sweets ANYTHING other than water can and WILL cause decay without proper consistant brushing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    Totally agree Tinkerbell3530!

  • Montoya

    Deberias de tratar con oralgel y un cepillo de baby o los fingerbrush que uno se lo pone en el indice y les cepilla los diente, la paste detal oragel es segura si se traga y tiene sabor, para que no le hagas las cepillas mas toturantes y al final lo que estas haciendo es mandandole una informacion errada a ella “lavarse los dientes es torturante o te lastima” por que llorar para lavarse los dientes? no me parese sano

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    eso también es una buena idea. Ahora ella misma se lava los dientes sola pero cuando me da problema yo le digo que si no se lava los dientes tendrá cucarachas chiquitas que se le van a meter en la boca. Le tiene tanto miedo a las cucaracha que enseguida se lava los dientes ;-)

  • Kate

    I agree that parents have to come up with a way to get their toddlers teeth brushed. Think of the pain they will go through when their teeth are filled with cavities and they need to get them filled or pulled! http://www.toddler-tips-and-tricks.com/brushing-teeth.html has several ideas to make teeth brushing less difficult for toddlers. Personally, I let my son brush his teeth first and then it’s my turn. He gets to choose if I brush them with him standing on the stool in the bathroom or laying on the carpet in the hall. I also let him choose which toothbrush to use sometimes. I think the more choice you give, the better, because you can’t compromise on the actual teethbrushing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    excellent idea Kate! That’s one other way to crack this parenting situation.

  • NaturalGumption

    I can totally understand where you are coming from on this post, as a parent I find one of the most frustrating things to do is toothbrushing, but as a hygienist I beg you to find another means to get them clean! What this is doing is creating a negative connotation with oral health in general. There are many other ways to get them clean….how about just letting them chew on a toothbrush during story time, or let them watch you do it, and give them a chance to explore? Be creative, there are loads of other options. Here is a blog post that I did with some other options. Use toothpaste that is free of SLS or fluoride and then you don’t have to worry if they swallow some of it :) Good luck, but please do your child the favor of making it a fun non dreadful experience….http://blog.naturalgumption.com/2012/09/toddler-tooth-brushing-made-easy/

  • NaturalGumption

    Tinkerbell3530, although I agree with your passion, I have to somewhat disagree with your statement.

    Cavities happen for many reasons, and believe it or not a lot of it has to do with parents, caregivers and family members unknowingly passing bacteria from one person to another. Brushing IS important, but it is not the end all be all. Most children that get cavities that young have more of an imbalance of acids caused by foods or drinks that are high in sugar.

    Carbs are the only thing that break down in the mouth, and carbs also feed plaque and the bacteria that causes cavities.
    Knowing how to create BALANCE in the mouth is key to stopping cavities. I’ve put my career as a hygienist on the line, and have created http://www.oralhealthcoaching.com to educate people all over the world how to stop cavities and gum disease at home with natural products and understanding balance.

    Good luck to you, I hope you and your family have it all under control, but if you find yourself at a loss, or interested in what I have to say, I’d be happy to help!

  • NaturalGumption

    Tinkerbell3530, although I agree with your passion, I have to somewhat disagree with your statement.

    Cavities happen for many reasons, and believe it or not a lot of it has to do with parents, caregivers and family members unknowingly passing bacteria from one person to another. Brushing IS important, but it is not the end all be all. Most children that get cavities that young have more of an imbalance of acids caused by foods or drinks that are high in sugar.

    Carbs are the only thing that break down in the mouth, and carbs also feed plaque and the bacteria that causes cavities.
    Knowing how to create BALANCE in the mouth is key to stopping cavities. I’ve put my career as a hygienist on the line, and have created http://www.oralhealthcoaching.com to educate people all over the world how to stop cavities and gum disease at home with natural products and understanding balance.

    Good luck to you, I hope you and your family have it all under control, but if you find yourself at a loss, or interested in what I have to say, I’d be happy to help!

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