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Hi,<br><br>
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My 17 month old will not let me brush his teeth and we have tried everything except holding him down which I will NOT do. He will use the brush himslef and I give him one to play with and we go into the bathroom 2x a day to "brush" our teeth where I try to use the silicone finger thing to brush his teeth...I try using his brush on him and he protests...A LOT. I let him brush my teeth, we sing, we look in the mirror.<br><br>
I haven't taken him to the dentist yet, but I know he has a small "chip" off one of his lower teeth. He's teething now and has never liked me brushing his teeth. He's getting his k-9's in.<br><br>
Tell me that you had a child who hated brushing their teeth at some point come around to it and let you help him brush.....please?????<br><br>
I'm nervous about decay, but have no reason to think he has any.<br>
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Totally will!<br><br>
Games and songs worked for us. Like "How would a bear brush his teeth?" Grrrrr... while brushing. "How would a baby..." Waaaaa....<br>
"How would Papa..." Ha, ha, ha...<br><br>
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If you are nervous, pay extra attention to his nutrition: mineral and fat soluble vitamin intake.
 

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I am right there with you!! It is like trying to brush the teeth of an angry grizzly bear.<br><br>
My older DS has a power toothbrush, so last week I got one for my toddler. For the first time ever he actually wants to put a toothbrush in his mouth! He still won't let me help him use it, but baby steps right?
 

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If it helps, I totally know what you mean, and it DOES get better. Now DS is 3 and it's barely even a problem, we take turns, we sing, do the mirror thing, don't worry just keep at it and it'll be fine!
 
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