Do you brush your preschooler's teeth once or twice a day? And, do you floss their teeth?

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Carol - posted on 09/07/2011

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I can barely get my son to let me brush his teeth so right now flossing is out, but he loves to brush his and his sisters teeth. His sister likes to eat the toothpaste right now so she only lets me brush her tounge.

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Stacey - posted on 05/02/2012

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glad I'm not the only one that only brushes their kids teeth once a day. we do the nighttime brushing for my 3 year old and my 1 year old. I can get my 3 year old to use those flosser picks every now and then, but it's not consistent. He just had his first dentist appt. and his teeth are perfect. I just had my first dentist appointment in 10 years the other day, and other than one small cavity, my teeth were in tip top shape too. I think there's more to healthy teeth than just brushing. Diet is the most important thing!

Elfrieda - posted on 01/05/2012

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Flossing! Haha... no.
My 2 year old gets his teeth brushed by me or his father once a day, in the evening, while lying on our bed. In the morning I brush my teeth while sitting on the bath step, and he sits beside me and chews on his toothbrush, which isn't really thorough but I'm okay with it.

Wynter - posted on 10/14/2011

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We brush twice a day. I was told by our sons dentist to floss but we have tried and he won't let us. He freaks out. So we got the kid safe mouth wash and he does really well with it.

Brooke - posted on 10/01/2011

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We brush twice a day, morning and night. It is a huge battle to get her to brush her teeth! She will cry and fight us everyday. She's picked out her own toothbrush, toothpaste, and ACT, but she still throws a fit! I would love to start flossing her teeth, but I'm not going to add that into the mix until we get brushing down.

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We brush twice a day (after breakfast and after dinner). We haven't tried floss yet, mostly because he still has enough of a gap between his teeth that I don't worry about anything getting caught there. Also, I can't imagine him LETTING me floss his teeth lol That sounds like no fun at all lol

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2011

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Twice sometimes 3 times a day. All depends on time and what we are doing.

As for making morning time brushing easier, have your child do their own teeth while you do yours. Once you are done yours, you offer to help. When they ask why (and they will) tell them you are wanna make sure every tooth got done. As simple as that. You be amazed how fast they follow suit when they see mom doing it right infront of them.

Ceri - posted on 09/12/2011

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We brush once a day, and floss about 3 times a week. I cant get that AM brush in as we leave the house at 5:45 AM. I wake my son up and plop him in the car PJs and all. We have our child care provider feed and dress him. I don't feel I can as her to brush his teeth. And just feel sleep is more important. he will be 4 on 10/5 and there are some tight spots between his teeth. He loves to floss with those hand flossers. He gets a turn after mommy. And he sticks it in between his teeth and pretends he is a monster. Flossing isn't hard. (But per the dentist we lay down to brush still. (we still have our changing table in his room with a pillow so we can brush his teeth) The dentist said you cant get a good brush while standing up at this age and to have him lye down. So that is what we do. We have 2 cups one for rinse and one for spit. So far so good on the teeth health line. Is anyone still using fluoride? We try but it is hard with the no milk thing. As they cant have it w/in 2 hours of dairy. He goes to bed pretty shortly after dinner and it is hard to tell him he cant have milk.

Krista - posted on 09/10/2011

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I brush my 2-year-old's teeth twice a day. Flossing? Bah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! Yeah...I can see THAT going over well! The closest we get to it is that I'll get some of those flossing picks for kids and let him play with one while I change his bum, and he'll chew on it, so a few of his teeth get flossed in the process.

Elizabeth, I feel your frantic-morning-working-mom pain, hon. My mornings aren't quite as insane, though, as I've only got the one kid. We actually get up and moving a half-hour earlier than we really have to, which buys me extra time for if I can't find my keys, or if Sam is dawdling over his breakfast. It's painful waking up at 6am, but it does make for a more pleasant morning when I'm not rushed and cranky.

Claire - posted on 09/09/2011

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I brush my two year olds teeth twice a day (unless I forget :s) and we don't floss.
I'm on the fence with flossing.
She doesn't eat candy, she doesn't drink juice, she will occasionally eat cake and cookies when I make them but overall she eats super healthy so I don't really see the point in flossing while she's so young. Once she's in school she will be flossing though! I wish I had been a flosser in school!

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I'm a sahm so I don't have to be out in the mornings and I'm incredibly lucky that my son loves brushing his teeth every time we go into the bathroom he asks to do it.

Could you get your hubby to take them into the bathroom to brush teeth and wash faces whilst you sort their clothes (or vice versa)? Or you could get the three yo to brush teeth whilst on the toilet or potty first thing in the morning (if they are potty trained or training) that way you kill two birds with stone.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/01/2011

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Our dentist told us to floss, I think I would rather bathe a cat! I'm a working mom with a 3 1/2 yr old and 1 yr old, how do you find time in the morning to get them to brush their teeth? My husband and I are crazed people until we get the kids out the door. Any suggestions would help!

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My son brushes his teeth twice a day (I help him) but we don't use floss he has gaps between his teeth so it's not needed. We brush when we get up and before we go to bed.

Dana - posted on 08/31/2011

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I brush my son's twice a day but, he doesn't need floss, there's space between all his teeth. Although he likes me to use floss, so I do sometimes.

Jenn - posted on 08/30/2011

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I try to brush my boys teeth twice a day but sadly I'm not always around for bedtime as I'm at work. I don't use floss, since there is enough space between their teeth so I don't need it.

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