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post #21 of 23

Have you talked to your dentist about this? Our family dentist said to let my daughter brush her own teeth. Trying to force it could result in injuring the soft parts of a child's mouth. Even if they just chew on the toothbrush, that's enough. Again, this is what our dentist has said, and I would suggest talking to your dentist before you try to hold the child down or pry their mouth open.

post #22 of 23

I don't know if you ever read Dr Ellie's blog, but I like what she has to say about children's teeth.  It's about good oral systemic health and creating that environment...neutralising acidity with xylitol.  I barely brush my 2 year olds teeth, but give him xylitol gum to chew on (which he loves and never swallows accidentally) and then give him xylitol in his water. 

You can read more on her blog. http://askdrellie.blogspot.com/

post #23 of 23
My little one lets me brush her teeth without complaint. My older one though was very high needs, and wouldn't let me touch her mouth. I got this special brush called like an Angel Brush or something, and it was one that worked by chewing on it. She LOVED it and chewed on it all the time. She never had a cavity or anything, and still hasn't at almost 10, so maybe it helped, I don't know. Anyway, maybe google "Angel Brush".
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