how do u consistently get your kids to brush their teeth?

Candice - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i cant get my son to consistently brush his teeth and we just put in over $7000.00 in his mouth. any ideas out there?

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Jeannine - posted on 06/08/2010

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Take him to the store, let him pick out his fave toothbrush and toothpaste (make sure it's not a "spicy" one..in other words not too strong) when you get ready to brush your teeth tell him that he's a big boy and he needs to brush his teeth, after he does that it's your turn. It may take a while for him to get used to this routine but it worked for me, prior to this it was a nightmare and me and hubby would argue over whose turn it was to brush his teeth lol!

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Jamie - posted on 06/08/2010

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It sounds mean, but do it for him. You didn't mention how old he is, but if he's a toddler, he still needs to be supervised while brushing. If he's older, he may still need to be reminded and encouraged. If he won't do it himself, do it for him. A few times of that will probably remind him that he wants to be a big boy and brush his own teeth. And if all else fails, take away cavity causing treats until he can treat his teeth right.

Karen - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son is 20 months old. I have him brush my teeth with my toothbrush. At the same time, I brush his with his toothbrush. He, also, has a singing toothbrush that he loves. After weeks of brushing each other's teeth, he does a VERY GOOD job on his own teeth. It is now a routine.

Sherri - posted on 06/07/2010

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How old is your child? You just had to pay $7,000 at a dentist for a toddler?

Sheri - posted on 06/07/2010

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Usually I or my husband go into the bathroom with the door open and start brushing are teeth....Benji see us and wants to do his to...you set the example...

Brittiny - posted on 06/07/2010

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What has worked with my oldest the very best is a silly 2-minute timer (like the kind that come in board games) and an electric toothbrush. She also likes to use the different kinds of kids mouthwashes - picking them out herself, of course! With my 2 year old, we brush together and use sissy's timer, and it's about a 50/50 split between when it is pleasant and fun and when it's a fight.

Sherri - posted on 06/03/2010

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I started my son on brushing his teeth when he was about 6 months. Of course he didn't have any teeth but it's better to get them to start early. He is now 1 yr almost 2 and after his bath time he gets his tooth brush while I dress him. He doesn't to the best at brushing but at least he gets excited after bath knowing that he gets to brush with his Spongebob toothbrush HE picked out. :)

Candice - posted on 06/03/2010

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pretty much it's "do it or i do it for you, and it's way less fun when i have to do it". I also brush mine at the same time, and we play music and dance a bit (wiggle mostly). i try to make it sort of fun. If it's an older kid, you could try that stuff that turns their mouth blue to show the plaque. some kids think that's fun.

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