Desirae - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
My daughter hates brushing her teeth! I let her go long enough without brushing just to see how nasty it feels and she broke down and brushed them herself without being told one time. Otherwise I have tried letting her pick out her own stuff, rewards, consequences, and everything I can think of. Those solutions only last for about a week and then the war is on again. Currently, and for the last few years, I let her brush as well as she will and then I go over it again to make sure she is getting an adequate brushing and flossing. She hates it, and as she is getting older, she is starting to be able to physically stop me. The dentist who capped all of her molars, at the age of 6, claims that he brushed his own kids' teeth until they were 10 years old. Not only do I not believe him, because I cannot see a 10 year old saying "Ok Dad... time to brush my teeth... come on!", but by then they should comprehend the importance and know how to do it on their own. Does anyone have any ideas short of tying her down to get it over with?