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My 18 month old Maxi will not let me brush his teeth -- I think I have tried everything: using a tiny toothbrush with just water, using a washcloth to wipe, using the littler rubber scrubby thing that goes on the end of your finger, using the flavored *toothpaste* that is safe for babes, using my toothbrush after I am done so it still has the minty flavor (I know, I know but I am desperate!).<br><br>
He has 8 teeth on top and 8 on the bottom and I know they need to be cleaned but I cannot do it! I have tried showing him how to do it himself, letting him brush mine then saying "ok my turn to brush yours", nothing is working.<br><br>
Any tips? Should I not worry about it? He doesnt eat sweets or anything obviously but all the other food causes plaque and stuff too right?<br><br>
What do I do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Guess I should have read through the threads before I posted this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> since there is already one about brushing teeth. Oops!
 

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:LOL<br><br>
We had the same problem for a long time. Finally he just decided he was ok with it one day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We tried everything too. I admit we resorted to DH holding him tightly in a bear hug as I brushed his teeth while he screamed. We only did that at night before bed. The rest of the day I either gave them a quick rub with a cloth or I gave him a toothbrush to chew.<br><br>
The weird thing is he suddenly became very fond of toothpaste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> So now he doesn't mind having his teeth brushed.
 

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I do think it's important to brush the teeth... dealing with the dentist would be way more agonizing than dealing with you brushing his teeth.<br><br>
Here's what I do: Sit DS on my lap, facing me. Use a TIIIIIIIIINY amt of Tom's of Maine toothpaste, as we don't drink fluoridated water. I bounce him up and down on my knees while singing the toothbrushing song (I make one up or sing the Raffi song), and brush as best as I can. Then we rinse 2x. He likes the rinsing because he can slurp the water off the brush. Lots of times he's resistant, but this is one of those non-negotiables for me, like the carseat.
 

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Have you tried incorporating dh?<br><br>
Sit dh and Maxi down side-by-side and first brush dh's teeth. The more fun the better... sing songs, talk about the various "dirt" that is being cleaned from the teeth. Our song is (to the tune of row-row-row your boat) "brush-brush-brush your teeth, wipe away the dirt. No more **pasta**, so Maxi's teeth don't hurt."<br><br>
Make funny noises, get dh to make funny, exaggerated noises, let Maxi help. Then brush Maxi's teeth to the same procedure.<br><br>
Hope that helped.<br><br>
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My last resort (after trying all the fun, creative ideas): sit ds on my knee, then bend him backwards so he's upside down. Often he thinks this is great fun and he'll let me brush his teeth "upside down!" If he's not in the mood and he cries, at least this position gives me a good view of the teeth.
 

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we recently found a new game with brushing teeth - i tell him that i see different foods he has eaten throughout the day... " i see oatmeal, oohhhh there's some corn.....oh my goodness i think i see a strawberry" he thinks its funny and i can usually get a decent brushing in. i'm sure this idea will only work for the next few weeks, but maybe i'll have a new idea by then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
jodi, mom to joseph 3-31-02
 

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YES! I've done this too! I totally forgot that as a young toddler he loved to have his teeth brushed while upside down over my knees!
 
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