Wow, I am so sorry to see so many children needing extensive dental work. My dad is a children's dentist, so all my life we heard stories at the dinner table about all the little babies he had to PULL ALL their teeth!! So sad. From his pov, lots of parents just see them as "baby teeth" and they'll get their real ones in soon. What's the big deal about taking care of them? Anyway it is such a hard issue!!! Even hearing worst case senarios all my life, it is hard to push the issue w/ ds. Dh always forgets to brush ds when he does bedtime.
Anyway, one thing that helped James at around 15m was using an electric toughtbrush. Just a cheap one from the store. they have soft bristles and all and it was such a novelty! It was his favorite toy for a while.
What I just started doing (had totally forgotten about this trick from my childhood!) is telling James "We gotta get the sugar bugs out!" and then pretending to chase them out of his mouth w/ the toothbrush. He LOVES it! Then he looks on the floor for all the sugar bugs!! So cute.
Just a couple more ideas. I think this thread is great to remind us all of how important it is to brush, even though it's not always fun.
Thanks zealsmom for the reminder to let him choose when to brush. I think that might help our situation. Him knowing it WILL happen, but he can choose when (w/i a reasonable amt. of time).
Oh, and one more thing. About letting kids brush their own teeth. My dad's rule is when the child can write in cursive is when they can totally be on their own w/ brushing. Until then, parents need to either brush for the child or check and brush after the child. Just thought I'd add that in! Maybe other children's dentists have different opinions on that.