how do i get my eight year old to brush her teeth

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Deanna - posted on 09/12/2009

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I started out by brushing my teeth with my son, this way he learned the right way to brush and we made it fun. I also explained to him how important it was to have clean teeth. He saw a child with black teeth and I told him that's what happens when you don't brush. He wanted no part of that, so he brushes 2x a day morning and before bed. He also liked the toothbrush that played music from highschool musical - that made it fun too.

Victoria - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yeah my 7 year old son hates brushing his teeth! I got him a toothbrush that lights up for how long he is supposed to brush his teeth and it actually helped.

Queenee - posted on 09/09/2009

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You can try buying one of those toothbrushes that play music for the duration of time. They sale them at Walmart and Walgreens.It makes it interesting.

Christy - posted on 09/09/2009

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Listorine came out with the blue mouth rinse that you have to brush away. Its like the little pink tablets we had when we were younger. They have to brush the blue and spit it in the sink. They have mouth wash for after also. My kids love to pick the flavor and want to brush the blue away. Good luck.

Vanessa - posted on 09/09/2009

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I let my daughter pick out her toothbrush and toothpaste but i add listerine secret agent blue it tints there teeth blue and she thinks its soo cool. And i make it a game make sure you get all the blue off her teeth.. she enjoys it.Hope its works!!

Melissa - posted on 09/09/2009

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I use a reward system with stickers for my 6 yr old. After 5 stickers for the week he gets a dollar. Then he can choose his own reward. That way he gets the toys he wants but only if he has enough money. You also can buy things from the dollar store and if she has brushed her teeth everyday that week without a fight she can pick something out of the basket or treasure box. Works for us. I hope you are successful

Verna - posted on 09/09/2009

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try to let her pick out her favorite tooth brush and tooth paste that really helped my 7 year old to get in the act of brushing every day.

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I picked up a cool timer/light for my kids (now 8 & 11) you push a button and wash your hands or brush your teeth until the respective light goes of. It has made it fun. I don't ever threaten with the "D" word. I'm not big on dentists so don't want to scare the kids but it is a reality. if you don't brush . . . We also do a reward system. You do this without a fight, I will do this with or for you. find out what she really wants and use that. Good Luck!

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