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19th January 2012 08:01 PM #1
Can teeth cleaning and gentle parenting go hand in hand - help needed!
I am having real difficulties with cleaning my 13 month old's 6 teeth (and counting...). In all other areas of parenting we have a gentle parenting style and I enjoy adapting around him and respecting his needs and personality. But when it comes to cleaning his teeth he: screams, crys, yells, clamps his mouth shut and seems generally distressed. I continue because, obviously, I want to clean his teeth properly and this is one of my duties as a parent. But it is so upsetting for him and the whole experience seems so different to everything else we do. If anyone who has been there before can give me any tips or ideas on making the whole teeth cleaning experience more relaxing for him I would be very grateful. I am also concerned that I am creating an ongoing issue and he will always dislike having his teeth cleaned. Thank you for reading!