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Ben Tantrum 

Does your toddler simply eat the toothpaste rather than brush with it? ... I'm beginning to think there's no point even trying ... it can't be good even the stuff that's made for kids.

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Garris 
Yep. It's an ongoing (losing) battle. We've tried everything we can think of, different toothpastes, different toothbrushes. Brushing with him, letting him brush our teeth, making noises, playing games and he mainly just looks at us as if we're insane, clamps his lips shut and shakes his head. Sometimes he will put the brush in his mouth and (as your toddler does) suck the toothpaste off the brush - I figure it has to be better than nothing and it's more important that he's not getting loads of sweets and sugary stuff. It's also just a tiny amount. There are however other days when his teeth are brushed whether he likes it or not because although I do my best to be encouraging and tolerant I dont actually want his teeth falling out of his head (before they are supposed to!).
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Garris 
Yep. It's an ongoing (losing) battle. We've tried everything we can think of, different toothpastes, different toothbrushes. Brushing with him, letting him brush our teeth, making noises, playing games and he mainly just looks at us as if we're insane, clamps his lips shut and shakes his head. Sometimes he will put the brush in his mouth and (as your toddler does) suck the toothpaste off the brush - I figure it has to be better than nothing and it's more important that he's not getting loads of sweets and sugary stuff. It's also just a tiny amount. There are however other days when his teeth are brushed whether he likes it or not because although I do my best to be encouraging and tolerant I dont actually want his teeth falling out of his head (before they are supposed to!).
Lisa Tantrum 
My mum once found me hiding behind the door, eating toothpaste directly from the tube. We are all born with a sweet tooth, and all toothpastes contain some kind of sugar/sweetener: usually something like xylitol. If it encourages them to brush, then I think it's ok, the snaffling-toothpaste-straight-from-the-tube approach is not. There was a great thread with tips on how to encourage toddlers to brush their teeth on the Parenting Brain a few weeks ago. I use the 'zoo' approach and it worked! https://tantrum.xyz/user/1244

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