What are the difficulties you experience around your children’s dental hygiene?

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Karin - posted on 09/22/2010

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My biggest problem now is that my two little ones don't use all the toothpaste in one shot when Mommy hasn't quite gotten to the bathroom ahead of them. I bought them those auto toothbrushes, and now my 4 year old brushes her teeth without request 3-4 times a day. :D As for my older two, they don't brush unless I badger them, and then we have to check to make sure they really did it. Sneaky kids! I have bought that blue staining product. It won't come off until they brush it off. It's taken care of a lot of arguments.

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Shandee - posted on 10/19/2010

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I think I am lucky with my 6 yr old son. He brushes his teeth quite well. I have that cool listerine mouth wash that changes color if you missed a spot. Well if the mouth wash is a gross color I know he didn't brush and make him do it again. After making him brush again he made sure he brushed his teeth. =D

Nicki - posted on 10/15/2010

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my daughter will let me brush her teeth but its like pulling teeth to get her to do it

Kat - posted on 10/09/2010

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A friend bought my girls a toothbrush timer in the shape of an alligator. It really helped them brush time wise and regualr dental visits made up the rest of their care.

Starr - posted on 10/08/2010

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Getting my 4yr old daughter to bruch at night. She just does not want to do it, but in the morin she's all for it and after lunch.

Cathy - posted on 10/07/2010

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When my daughter was younger she would not go to the mobile dentist van at school

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Getting my kids to brush their teeth, for one. After a few reminders, getting them to brush all of their teeth, front and back, gums and tongue is a problem, as well as brushing for long enough. My 7 year old usually only brushes the front of his top, right-side teeth and he thinks its enough.

Gabriela - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son 22,still has some problems forgetting to brush his teeth thoroughly all the time. My daughter 9, does brush them but I have to remind every morning and evening. At the beginning she couldn't appreciate how long she should keep on brushing so we found a little song of about 2 min that she kept humming while brushing...

Katrena - posted on 10/04/2010

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my daugther who is eight absolutely hates brushing her teeth. So she does a very poor job. She has been shown numerous times how to brush, but she just does not want to do it! Help!

Julie - posted on 10/02/2010

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the trick to timing the brushing is to get a music box or musical jewellery box. it plays the music for the desired amount of time. start up when they start brushing and tell them to carry on till it has finished. children love things they pick themselves so i found letting them pick things whether it be a tooth brush or bedding has the most results. little battery operated ones brush better than kids can so try one of those.

Jessaman - posted on 09/30/2010

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my son colton has lots of medical issues and also sensory problems..we have tried different types of toothbrushes and toothpaste.he won't even attempt to brush his teeth.the dentist said just to keep insisting that he brush and maybe one day he will.

Lisa - posted on 09/29/2010

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My difficulty is in getting my boys to brush long enough and properly. My boys are 31/2 and 5. My 31/2 yr old mostly just likes to eat the tooth paste, but I got new tooth paste with flouride that I told him he couldn't swallow. he likes to play with water which helps, he mostly just washes the toothpaste off.
My 5 year just won't brush long enough.

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Well, I have a 6 year old that hates to floss. I have to bribe him with gummy vitamins =) Then there is my 22mo. old that will suck all the toothpaste off before you can get done with the top row. I have to split the pea size amount of toothpaste to brush her entire mouth. Lastly, I have a 10 month old and he loves when I brush his gums. Especially because it's soothing since he is teething.

Um Obada - posted on 09/26/2010

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i have a one year son and i brushed my teeth infront of him every day twice for about 1 week and than gave him a brush and he started to put it into his mouth the next day i didn't give it to him it was the fourth day when i gave it to him again....and until now i didn't give it to him yet..i think they need lots of time so they will not get bored....

Somewhere In - posted on 09/24/2010

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Brushing his tongue! That's actually good if your son incorporates that with brushing his teeth. My son seems to have a sensitive gag reflex so when he tries to brush his tongue - well, let's just say it doesn't work out so well. :)

Dannielle - posted on 09/23/2010

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Getting him to understand that brushing just your tongue doesn't count...so i guess getting it done properly to be considered brushing

Somewhere In - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son brushes in the morning and before bed. He flosses only a few times a week, however. I still watch over him and help him with the back teeth even though he's seven-years-old now. But he has had no cavities to date, knock on wood! I embarrassingly admitted [overseeing] to his dentist. The dentist told me that he still oversee's his daughters of 9 and 10 and continues to help with the back teeth and flossing. I'm going to have to take a look at the Buzz Lightyear flowwing pick Christy mentioned. :)

Christy - posted on 09/22/2010

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I am really lucky. My almost 7 year old brushes his teeth every night. I wish I could save time for the morning but (knock on wood) he has zero cavities and his mouth is overcrowded which makes cavity-less more impressive. He loves to floss with his Buzz Lightyear flossing pick. He does not like when it bleeds and I have told him to toughen up his gums flossing must be done. But he can do it himself with the pick and so he is more apt to try.

Tara - posted on 09/22/2010

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My only problem is the back teeth they all just do the big smile and brush the front, so the 2 girls had to have 2 fillings in the back. I have been helping them since then but hope they will get it on their own soon.

Virginia - posted on 09/22/2010

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Getting them to brush long enough-3 minutes, and right, and how much toothpaste to use. My daughter likes to brush her teeth and my 2 year old too. It's my 10 year old I have to stay on, and make sure he's brushing his.

Elysia - posted on 09/21/2010

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getting him to allow me to actually brush his teeth, he is 18months old, if anyone has any tips they would be greatly appreciated

Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2010

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my sons two top teeth are wearing away and he does't like to brush but my twins love to eat the toothpaste!

Dina - posted on 09/19/2010

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My daughter is 4 and her biggest issue is rinse and spit. Other then that she loves to brush. She always has. Her dentist said not to worry to much about her rinsing and spiting right now because she is autistic and it takes longer for children like her to get the concept. But my daughter LOVES to brush.. So much so that she will brush her teeth each and every time she goes into the bathroom if you let her.

Catherine - posted on 09/18/2010

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the only difficulities i have is keeping my daughter who is 3 from the toothbrush. shes always wanting to brush them. its a good thing but wont it take the enamel off of her teeth?

Donna - posted on 09/18/2010

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getting them to brush as often as they're supposed to!! my youngest loves to brush. My oldest daughter has braces, so it's not as hard as it used to be(getting her to brush). my middle daughter has to nagged to get it done. ughhh!!

April - posted on 09/17/2010

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I second that......my kids think if they 5 swishes with the toothbrush they are good. I tell my youngest he has to brush his teeth or he will get bugs in his mouth that will eat his teeth.......he's getting a lil better about it

Brandy - posted on 09/16/2010

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Mine are 11 and 9 year old twins. My 11 year old does fine but my 9 year olds try to get away with brushing the front real quick and being done so I now have to watch them. They very often miss the tops against the gums so when they are done I inspect them and if they are not good I make them redo them. They now try harder to do it right the first time!

Christie - posted on 09/16/2010

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With my younger children flossing is difficult...they want to use the floss for anything but there teeth....they say they can use it for bows on there fingers to remember to floss?lol my older children I do not have issues with at all

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mine ages 7, twins and 3 love to brush their teeth, however they only brush the front...lol. So I bought them battery powered ones and they like them and do a better job but I still do it myself....I have them use the two minute timer and they get to use spongebob dixie cups to rinse with....that is a great incentive for my boys.

Gabriela - posted on 09/11/2010

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Same as Candy. Mine is almos 4, but he´s been brushing his teeth since he was 2. But only recently he´s doing it better and longer. He also got a mouth wash (age appropiate of course) from his uncle (who is a Dentist). Thing is he won´t go for a check up with his uncle (I took him once, but it didn´t turn out right) and he has very fragile teeth (they´re actually getting smaller, since he clenches his teeth while sleeping) and he has already have tooth ache. I told him he had to do some pre-bedtime cleaning routine and so far it´s worked.

Rosemarie - posted on 09/09/2010

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My son has had to have a lot of fillings these past two years. I have 4 children and he is the only one that has all this bother. Being so embarresed I spoke to the dentist,caolan was sickly child and was on much medicine, this is what contributed to his many dental visits. Even though my son had so much bother I still had difficulty getting the kids to clean theyre teeth so I simply took them all back to the Dentist, who very firmly told the older kids it was theyre resposibility and the consequences of not looking after their teeth and told my younger children if they didnt look after theyre teeth then I was to clean them. He told the younger ones he would be phoning up to check on them. Thankfully it worked and for the most part they clean no problems. However when my 5 year old is cleaning her teeth I clean mine at the same time so she can copy me and therfore cleans her teeth properly

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