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After I posted my plea for toothbrushing help, dozens of readers emailed or commented with tips for convincing Grace to cooperate in the tooth brushing process.
And we discovered that she has a cavity.
She is going to have to go to the dentist and have work done. This fact is a source of anxiety for several of the members in my household.
I’m pretty sure that sedation will have to be involved.
Please tell me that I’m not the only parent who feels like a failure because her child won’t open up for the dentist.
I’m not sure what prompted it (because I haven’t had a chance to implement any of the suggestions yet), but Grace has resumed brushing her teeth every day.
It could have something to do with the fact that she confiscated my purple Spinbrush, the same one that I received to review a few weeks ago. I can’t be sure.
I will eat and drink after my children, but sharing a toothbrush seems like a level of familial closeness for which I am not ready. I don’t even share a toothbrush with Joe, and I don’t plan to. Plus, my child has been known to eat her boogers, and I just can’t put that same toothbrush back in my mouth.
Even with a new head.
I bought a new Spinbrush. It’s a good thing they’re inexpensive.
Anyway, back to the tooth brushing tips. There were so many awesome tips shared with me that I wanted to highlight some here.
Convincing Kids to Brush Their Teeth
- Several commenters suggested songs or rhymes to go along with brushing.
- Lauren suggested getting mouthwash that turns the teeth blue (or some other color). I thought that was a great idea. I’m going to look for that mouthwash the next time I’m at the grocery store.
- Christinabutts said that her whole family brushes at the same time. We have a relatively small bathroom, but that might make it fun. I’m going to try this one, too.
- Leigh and Amanda both suggested making tooth brushing into a game, pretending there were germs/animals/dinosaurs in Grace’s mouth that I could attack. This sounds like it would be a fun way to spend the minutes.
- Sarah ties bedtime books to tooth brushing. No brushing, no stories.
- Cindy and Anne both let their little ones brush their teeth. I never tried this, but I’m going to give it a shot, too.
- Leigh emailed and asked if I might be brushing her teeth too hard. She said that it’s not necessary to really press on the teeth and gums to get them clean.
- Sylvie emailed and reminded me that most children need to have their teeth brushed by an adult until around age 6
More Resources for Brushing Children’s Teeth
- Dr Keith Morley, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry wrote this article (long but very good!) on brushing children’s teeth. I did not know that tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness in America. That is really sad since it’s a preventable problem.
- I’m going to give Supernanny’s reward charts a try if Grace becomes hesitant again.
- Toddler Craft has a good video with tips for brushing kids’ teeth
This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of Arm & Hammer branded products. Church & Dwight Co., Inc is compensating me to try different products. All opinions are my own.
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