what do i do with my 10 yr old som who dose not brush his teeth arrrh

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Halldóra Guðbjörg - posted on 12/04/2009

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In my country we use a play/cartoon that tells a story about the two brothers Karius and Baktus. They live in our teeth and if we don´t brush them Karius and Baktus will dig a hole into our teeth to make a house for them. But if they do that we will cry from pain and etc. etc.

It has been use for many years and I grew up by this story. My son (only 4years) heard it couple of days ago and now he always brushes his teeth :O)



god luck.



p.s here is more information on them from Wikipedia

Karius and Bactus (ISBN 0961539410) is a Norwegian children's novel written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner. The book was first published in 1949 and produced as a 15 minute puppet animation film by Ivo Caprino in 1954. An English translation by Mike Sevig and Turi Olderheim was published in the United States in 1986.

The main characters are Karius (black haired) and Bactus (red haired). Their names are puns on Caries and Bacteria, and they are two small "tooth trolls" that live inside cavities in the teeth of a boy named Jens. They have a very good life, especially when Jens eats white bread with syrup and fails to brush his teeth afterwards. Eventually their homes are destroyed by the work of a dentist and they are rinsed out of Jens' mouth through proper dental care.

The story of Karius and Bactus, with its humorous illustrations and important message, has become a classic of Norwegian children's literature. Since its publication, the idea of "tooth trolls" has been used as a pedagogical device for generations of Scandinavian children.



you can get the book at amazon.com

ISBN-10: 0961539410

ISBN-13: 978-0961539412

Haleh - posted on 12/02/2009

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you can do a reward system. put a calender up in the restroom, everyday that he brushes, he gets a star, at the end of the week he gets a little gift and at the end of the month something better. Boys that age are terrible at hygiene. I tell my patient's parents if they can find a bribing gimmick, it works with that age better than anything. If he is into impressing girls, tell him how bad his breath would be if he didnot brush.
Haleh Shaheedy(pediatric Dentist)

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2009

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Buy on of those musical toothbrushes that has a timer on how long to brush your teeth. also the fun mouthwashes that color their teeth blue to show them where is needed for extra brushing. try the crayola flossers too. maybe come up with a reward system. good luck and god bless.

Sandra - posted on 12/02/2009

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I would stand right behind him in the bathroom and make him brush or you do it. Either way, tell him that he will end up losing his teeth at an early age, (not to mention the cost of your dentist bill) Try good tasting toothpaste as well. Maybe he doesn't like what you use. I have 3 kids and 4 different kinds of toothpaste.

Jill - posted on 12/02/2009

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Allowing him to chew sugarless gum won't cure the not brushing problem, but will help minimize the damage cause by not brushing.

Lori-Dawn - posted on 12/02/2009

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Here in Canada there is a product out by listerine, the kids swish with it before they brush and their teeth turn blue where there's plaque etc. So their teeth will turn white again when they've gotten rid of the plaque. I love this stuff!!! Also what we did is added brushing his teeth to his chore list and he doesn't get paid for his chores unless they are ALL done in one day...soooo, no brushing teeth means all his hard work doing chores was for nothing...and his 8 yr old mind thinks that money is worth saving for bigger toys...so it's been good incentive for him...he also detests brushing his teeth...but it's not optional in our house, without serious consequences...

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2009

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unless a child has felt a toothache or has seen a parent suffer with bad teeth most children however much u tell them dont get the bigger picture, u say brush x2 every day or they will rot ur child hasn't say brushed for 1 or 2 wks they see no bad teeth yet so mums 'they will rot' doesnt seem so serious, now if u tell ur child teeth are like a dustbin food is left on them x then the food makes them smelly, just like ur rubbish bin ,after only a day the result is no decay yet just a bad smell as u had said( also if u no they havent brushed u could try i little hint like ' i think i can smell dirty teeth what do u think?' most will sneak bk for that brush they told u they've already had! lol

Sue - posted on 12/02/2009

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try fun toothbrushes or toothpaste that tastes good besides some of the hints below

Sharon K Ewan - posted on 12/02/2009

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Keep a treat jar in the bath room Dried fruit or Pennys for him.y son like money

Theresa - posted on 12/02/2009

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Good luck! I think kids that age just don't care about person hygiene yet. I bought my kids the mouth wash that turns color on places that they missed. That sort of worked. My oldest in now 14 and as finally starting to take some pride in his appearance.

Cathy - posted on 12/02/2009

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I have the same problem with my 10 year old. I have even tried buying him a toothbrush that played music for 2 minutes. That worked for a while. The one that works the best for me is reward him when he does brush with something small that he likes a lot. Of course you have to check his teeth and breathe! When he absolutely doesnt brush his teeth, no reward or cut out 30 mins of computer time. Use something that he doesnt want to lose. Also take him to the dentist every 6 months without fail. The last time I took my son he did not have any cavities ,however that Dr told him he had poor brushing habits and told him what would happen if he didnt take care of his teeth. My son also has sealants on his molars which prevents cavities. Don't worry when they get older and have girlfriends they will brush their teeth. If one strategy doesnt work then try another. Good Luck! Cathy

Shelagh - posted on 12/02/2009

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Stand over him, nag him, and while you're at it, make sure he washes behind his ears too. Also, you could have a serious 'grown-up' conversation with him about the consequences of not brushing (a 10 year old will 'get' the idea that bad breath and a mouthful of bad teeth are going to be off-putting to girls), and get him some revealing tablets - you basically just suck them and they stain all the plaque so it shows.

Gwen - posted on 12/02/2009

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tell him he can either brush his teeth while you watch, or you will brush them for him! If he gets a cavity, you can make him work off the cost of the filling w/ extra chores.

SHELEISHA - posted on 12/02/2009

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I HAD THAT PROBLEM WITH MY SEVEN YEAR OLD . SHE THOUGHT THAT BY BRUSHING JUST IN THE FRONT THAT SHE WAS BRUSHING HER TEETH. SO, MY SISTER DECIDED THAT EVERY MORNING SHE'D GO IN THE BATHROOM WITH MY DAUGHTER AND THEY'D BRUSH THEIR TEETH TOGETHER. SHE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH BECAUSE THEY MADE A GAME OF WHO COULD BRUSH THE FASTEST AND THE PERSON WITH THE CLEANEST TEETH WAS THE WINNER...LOL! IT WAS FUNNY, BUT IT WORKED.

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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Does he regularly visit the dentist? The dentist can explain to him the importance of taking care of his teeth; maybe he will pay more attention to the dentist than he does to you. Maybe tell him (probably many times!) that his teeth will turn black and fall out, and that everyone will begin to make fun of him for having bad breath (harsh, but sometimes peer pressure can achieve what we cannot!) Good luck!

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