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sorry if this is a repeat - I am not able to figure out how to search past messages - I thought there was an easy way to do so....but I can't find it<br><br>
my 2 yo ds is putting up quite a fight lately about brushing his teeth. we have a spin brush & that doesn't seem to help....even though it makes it more fun...I've tried to find library books on teeth brushing but no luck there. any creative suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Maybe you could let him brush your teeth at the same time. DS likes to take turns. I'll brush his teeth a bit, then he'll brush mine and we trade back and forth.
 

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Since DS had 4 cavities filled at 18 mos, tooth brushing 2x day is NOT negotiable. He gets to choose which toothpaste we use, which brush we use, and whether I brush first or he brushes first. I tell him he gets to choose between me holding his hands (when he fights) or putting his hands in his lap. It kind of sucks, since this (and poopy diapers) is the only thing I can't let slide.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I just try to let him feel he has some choice in the matter.
 

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Yeah, this is hard. Nobody likes to feel they have to do a full body hold on their kid to keep their teeth from rotting out of their head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Things that have worked for us:<br><br>
1) Recently we started counting to 10. DD loves to play with the toothbrush, so the deal is that if she lets us brush her teeth to the (very slow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) count of 10 she can have the brush once we reach 10. We stop counting if she shuts her mouth, etc.<br><br>
2) Try recruiting a favorite stuffed animal or doll. DD will often let me take turns between brushing her teeth & the doll's teeth. Sometimes she'll brush the doll's teeth too. I will occasionally "brush" my teeth or DH's teeth, but for some reason with our DD doing the doll thing seems to work better.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Holly
 

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We've always made a game of it.<br><br>
There ARE musical brushes out there that play as long as you're supposed to brush (30 seconds/1minute) for kids etc.<br><br>
I've always had an easy time, though. I played with their gums as babies, moved to brushes at 12 months. Both my nearly 4yo and my 18m old brush their own teeth and are really good at it.
 

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We sing silly songs. That seems to amuse him. He's also big on wooden trains so sometimes we bring a little train with us or whatever portable thing he was playing with. Sometimes I tell him that we need to get this done but as soon as we're done we'll do "x" thing that he likes. He is beginning to understand the concept of sequence of events so that works. He'll tolerate something for 30 secs if it means we go on the slide outside or something... That's usually a last resort though. The singing and the toy to look at usually do the trick.
 

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I haven't got many troubles in brushing my DS' teeth. NOT YET.<br>
But I know someday I might have it.<br>
Thanks a lot for all your great tips, mama..<br><br>
Love,<br>
aurora
 

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my 2.5 love to ply dinosours, so I tell him to open wide like a T Rex he loves that!! Also I brush them first then he gets to do it next, he loves playing in the water and he makes a mess, but at least his mouth is clean!
 

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my dd (19mo) loves to brush her teeth. and by that i mean that SHE loves to do it. we usually have 2 tooth brushes: one for her and one for dh to brush her teeth with. but lately she hasn't wanted to let him help at all. she wants to be independent and i love that, but im worried that she won't do a good enough job to keep her teeth healthy. we've tried all the tricks ... dolls, singing, etc. but the bottom line for her is that those are HER teeth and she gets to be in control of them. bah. i guess it's just time to help her learn the most effective ways of brushing.
 

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My 20 month old hates it, he'll grab the toothbrush out of my hand and throw it. His toothbrush has a little train on it so I didn't even think it would work but I tried the old pretending it's a choo choo train thing, and he loved it! He opened his mouth! We only tried this last night though, so I don't know how long it will last!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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we hum a song together - for the first verse we say - eeee- and for the second verse we say - ahhh - dd quite likes this most of the time and it gets her to be cooperative - I think it helps too that she knows what the time limits are for putting up with it (since she recognises the songs)
 

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We also take turns. When it's my turn, I make sure to list all of the foods my daughter has eaten throughtout the day. It seems to distract her a bit.
 

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We are having trouble brushing Angelo's as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">:
 
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