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I'm going nuts. Ds is getting worse about brushing his teeth. I pretty have to hold him down these days. And I still end up doing a lousy job. His teeth are getting gross and I'm so afraid that he's going to get cavities.<br>
I've tried regular toothbrushes (soft) and electric ones. Nothing works.<br>
Tried the tricks about making a game of it. Doesn't work.<br><br>
Help!
 

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Will he chew on a wet washcloth?
 

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We were in the same boat, we found that the only toothbrush ds will tolerate is (of course) a really expensive one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> Sonicare. Dh and I have had our sonicare brushes for a while, way before ds, and I just tried mine on ds one night after deciding that I was seriously sick of having to pin him to the floor and straddle him to brush his teeth. It worked. He sat still. Let us brush.<br><br>
They're expensive as crap, but if you can get a relative to buy one or get one on the cheap at ebay or something, it may be worth it. Ds got his picture on the "cavity free wall of fame" at the dentist last week.
 

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Sadly, I don't have any money to spare and my family all claim that they never have any money. So, no such luck getting a Sonicare. I have heard that they are great toothbrushes though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sadly, I don't have any money to spare and my family all claim that they never have any money. So, no such luck getting a Sonicare. I have heard that they are great toothbrushes though.</div>
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Crap. Liz you know if I had the cash I'd send you the darned toothbrush. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Man. This sucks.<br><br>
Let me dig on ebay and see if I can find one...
 

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This is the kind we use, the "old" version:<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONICARE-PERSONAL-SONIC-TOOTHBRUSH-ADVANCE-4100_W0QQitemZ260051316839QQihZ016QQcategoryZ40083QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONICARE-PER...QQcmdZViewItem</a><br><br>
It's going for $30 on ebay. Can you swing that?
 

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Have you tried one of the cheaper vibrating "spin" brushes? I was shocked that my son will brush his teeth with one, but he will used it more than he would use a regular one. It's still not easy to get him to do it, but it's not as big a battle.
 

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<a href="http://www.specializedcare.com/products/index.cfm?cat=2" target="_blank">http://www.specializedcare.com/products/index.cfm?cat=2</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/nak.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Nak">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is the kind we use, the "old" version:<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONICARE-PERSONAL-SONIC-TOOTHBRUSH-ADVANCE-4100_W0QQitemZ260051316839QQihZ016QQcategoryZ40083QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONICARE-PER...QQcmdZViewItem</a><br><br>
It's going for $30 on ebay. Can you swing that?</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I really don't have any money at all. Not even $10 to spare. (gods, that's embarrassing).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you tried one of the cheaper vibrating "spin" brushes?</div>
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I've tried two kinds of the cheap ones. One was $6 and the other was $15. They made so much noise, ds just kept running away from it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've seen the double brush but it's really big. Ds will hardly open his mouth for a kids size brush, I'm sure he'd run screaming from a double one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I guess I'm just looking for other techniques to try to get ds to open his mouth and let me brush completely.
 

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I don't have an answer for you. My ds has PDD-NOS and has sensory issues in his mouth. I always have to pin him down and brush his teeth while he's screaming the entire time. I haven't taken him to the dentist yet and I'm terrified that he'll majorly flip out when I do take him.
 

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I have to take ds to Boston Childrens Hospital to the pediatric dentist there because ds would NOT let them clean his teeth.<br><br>
I have horrible teeth myself and I just don't want that to happen to my little boy.<br><br>
Thank you all for your suggestions so far.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't have an answer for you. My ds has PDD-NOS and has sensory issues in his mouth. I always have to pin him down and brush his teeth while he's screaming the entire time. I haven't taken him to the dentist yet and I'm terrified that he'll majorly flip out when I do take him.</div>
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yeah I have had to do my share of that. We have a sonicare too and it is a good brush, but I highly doubt its going to make him enoy brushing if he hates it. It didn't with my kids. What finally got them into doing it was just making them do it every night until they realized it was something that had to be done and wasn't optional.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I really don't have any money at all. Not even $10 to spare. (gods, that's embarrassing).</div>
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No, it's not embarassing. You have nothing to be embarassed about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I have been there. Lots of people here have been there too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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We deal with the same issue.<br><br><br><br>
Have you tried those new "Firefly" toothbrushes that light up? Sometimes my son will brush his teeth with one if we turn out the lights. They are only about $2-$3.<br><br><br><br>
At the very least I try to make sure he is drinking water before bed to "rinse" his mouth out a bit. Better than nothing.
 

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Yep, tried the lightup brushes but that rubbery part on the bottom stinks so badly, it ends up making both of us wheeze so I had to throw it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Are you using toothpaste?<br><br>
For my dd, the toothpaste is more problematic than the brush (although she hates that, too). We went for a long time with no paste, and now she does just the thinnest smudge of paste once a day (and no paste in the morning).
 

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I use a tiny amount of Dr Burts toothpaste but have to switch flavors because I think it's bothering ds.<br>
Even with no toothpaste, ds runs screaming when he sees the toothbrush. heh.
 
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