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teeth brushing

how is this going for everyone? we were doing ok for awhile, but now he will barely let me get in there. He is excited to "brush his teeth" before bed and he will get on his stool at the sink and ask for his brush, but he just kinda sucks on it. When I try to brush after he is done it is a big fight i would literally have to hold him down.

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Simon gets like that when he's teething. Otherwise he loves it. Maybe Lucas is working on his last molars? Sometimes it helps me if I pretend to brush his teddy bear's teeth. LOL!! Or sing.

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Lyla loves it. She actually does a half decent job on her own, but I don't let her have the toothbrush until I get a good brushing done on her. She will open her mouth wide and giggle as I brush her teeth and then I let her brush her own after I'm done. Every time she gets near the bathroom she wants to brush her teeth. She's a strange child.

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Yes, Adair is the same as Lyla. She will even go in there and climb up on the toilet to brush her teeth in the middle of the day by herself sometimes.

We let her do it first and then do a thorough job after, but maybe switching it like Anna does would work better for you? I also like the pretending to do ________ to the stuffed animals first trick. That has SAVED OUR LIVES on more than one occasion, with everything from eye drops to hair brushing.

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I give up on teeth brushing. Mr independant will not and has never allowed me in to do a good brush daily. He clamps his mouth shut. I have tried everything i can think of, telling him we will tickle his teeth, having him brush mine while i brush his then swapping, holding him down and prying his mouth open etc. I get a swipe in when i can but it is a battle everyday

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Wendy, I'm glad to see your response, because I was reading the others and starting to feel terribly neglectful - Rowan never brushes her teeth. Ever. She likes to chew on *my* toothbrush, and she likes to sit on the sink and wash her feet while I brush my teeth, but she won't let us brush hers and she won't let us come near her with toothpaste. I'm hoping it's just a phase and after this current set comes in (she has 4 on their way right now) then maybe she'll let us.

Sidenote though - Rowan does love my orthodontist. Calls her the "teeth doctor" and sometimes asks to go. Unfortunately for her, my treatments ended.

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he got his top molars recently, so the bottoms could be close. i feel neglectful too when i can't get his teeth brushed

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Are they his second molars? Rowan is just working on the cuspids now. She's always been slow to get teeth.

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yep! his first ones were pretty bad. he had a fever, diarrhea, and an ear infection. These ones he has just had a fever so far.

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This is probably a dumb question, but have you tried fruity kids' toothpaste? I only ask because Adair FREAKS OUT if I put the mint kind in her mouth (it happened a couple of times by accident) but she tolerates the strawberry J/A/S/O/N stuff we got at Sunflower.

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Yes Simon LOVES the Gerber Berry toothpaste we got. I bought an Orajel brand one time and he REFUSED to open his mouth after one taste. I tasted it, it was nasty and too tart.

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ugh, tooth brushing is the bane of my evenings! Olivia does like the fruity toothpaste, but hates us to brush and doesn't do a good enough job brushing herself so it's a screaming hold her down fight every night. *sigh*

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i don't think he cares about the toothpaste. we use the orajel toddler training one, not even sure if it has a taste but he tries to put it on himself. and sucks it off. he just doesn't want me trying to get in there.

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I only scrub Aiden's teeth once a day. The other toothbrushing is him solo. I've been trying to brush my teeth at the same time as him and exaggerate what I'm doing in hopes that it'll help. If he really fights me I drop it.

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Lainey is going through a phase where she is tolerating having her teeth brushed without a fight. We just use water because all DD1 did with the training stuff was suck it off the toothbrush and it took us a long time to break her from eating it.

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I've been lucky. Both mine have been no problem. I think Tobey has only put up a fight once.

I don't really have any tips though. Although I tell DS1 that if he doesn't want to keep his teeth that's fine, we won''t brush them. Then he thinks about it and we brush lol

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I can't find non mint tooth oaste that isn't either made for older kids or fifteen dollars plus a tube, which is a very expensive experiment

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Yikes, that is an expensive experiment! Although honestly we put such a tiny amount on there that this one tube will probably last until kindergarten, so fifteen dollars isn't really that bad over the amount of time it will last. If you don't know if he'll like it, though, yeah. I wouldn't take that risk either!

This is the kind we have: http://www.vitacost.com/jason-kids-only-toothpaste-strawberry?csrc=GPF-PA-078522007289&ci_sku=078522007289&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw={keyword}&gclid=COKngqfj2rECFakaQgodJF0A3g

Hmmm...looks like you could get that shipped to you pretty cheaply, actually. Check out the International Shipping info.

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Isabelle likes brushing her teeth herself although she more just chews on the brush. She doesn't always want me to do it but I will gently brush her lips until she opens her mouth and I also tell her that its my turn to brush first then she can have a turn. So far that has worked for us. We are just using water as I think she would probably just eat whatever toothpaste I put on the brush.

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Teagan goes back and forth. Its so much part of her routine now that she actually gets mad if she thinks we're putting her to bed without brushing. Some nights its a struggle so I give up and then she'll ask to have her teeth brushed. We use the JASON brand toothpaste too.

Have you tried doing it at a different time of day?