If DS resists (he doesn't terribly often) I brush his teeth forcibly. It's the one thing I won't ever let slide. But I let him brush first and then it's my turn, and we make a game of it. I get him to sing like an opera singer 'aaaah!' and growl like a pirate 'grrrr' so we can get to them all.
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If they kicked up a fuss, I'd persist through the crying and fighting etc, because I'd rather that than them having to deal with cavities, fillings, sore teeth etc etc. Gotta be cruel to be kind and all that.
I am also one that holds DD down to brush. Yes she cries and its not fun but it takes about 2 minutes and I'm sure she will thank me for it 1 day!
We've also been brushing since he had teeth but we would say let's brush our teeth together then we swap - he brushed my teeth and I brushed his - he thought it was fun brushing my teeth , now at 2.5 he brushes then I just say its mummy's turn and I just give them a good brush he case he missed some and because he is used to me brushing them it doesn't bother him at all
DD (almost 22mo) is a nightmare when it comes to brushing her teeth. She loves watching me do it and will run to the bathroom when I say it's time to brush her teeth, but fights like crazy when I try to brush them. I always offer her the brush first and sometimes she'll put it in her mouth and kind of chew on it/suck off the toothpaste but thats it. I always end up pinning her down and brushing them - she won't let me even touch the toothbrush let alone brush her teeth standing in front of the mirror.
I hate it but bad teeth would be worse so I persist. DH is a lot more lax and my mum tells me I'm cruel but I think looking after their teeth is important.
Babyla I'm having this same issue with DS1 at the moment. I swear the neighbours must think I'm strangling him some nights.
What I've found to help at least a little is a nice flavoured toothpaste. I brought a berry one from my local health shop that has no nasties either, added bonus.
There are still some nights where they don't get done properly by me. I need to start becoming more forceful too.
When its time to brush DS1(2 and a half) teeth we put on Channel V and dances while brushing his teeth lol.
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Righto forceful it is then! I agree I can't deal with the thought of him having teeth dramas down the track. I think I'll grab a nice tasting toothpaste too, thanks Pesca and we've tried growling but I think I need to persist a bit more. My first real time I'm going to be putting me foot down with him - good for both of us
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