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How Do I Get My Child To Have More Discipline About Brushing Her Teeth
Be persistent!!: Persistence is the key to any discipline! i agree with what dr. Webb mentioned, and try that first. If it doesn't work, then make sure your child knows that no matter what excuse, no matter how much winning or sometimes crying, she still need to brush (and later add flossing) before she goes to bed. If she knows she can't get away, she will stop fighting. But as long as she can... Well.... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on child: There is no universal answer as every child is an individual with particular fears, motivations, values, and understanding that effect his/her responses. As the parent, you know your child better than anyone else (or at least you should) and can best determine how to motivate him/her. What motivates him/her to want to do other things? Why is (s)he resistant to brushing now? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dentist dismisses that our child's teeth get plaque quickly despite brushing. There is orange build-up on tops of teeth within hours of brushing. Why?
As soon as they come: It is a good idea to begin massaging your kids gums even before they have teeth, so they get use to the idea you will be in their mouth on a regular basis. If you wait until they have a bunch, they are likely to have begun to develop the "i don't wanna" attitude & you will have a constant battle. Simple cleaning with a wet cloth or small brush with floride free paste is a good first step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I agree: I agree with dr elzako. I would add that your child should start seeing a pediatric dental specialist at age 1 for the same reasons that your child sees a pediatrician, rather than a gp. The pedodontist can asses growth and development and help you share in your child's oral hygiene for the best result. The pedodontist will also give you anti-cavity nutrition advice and monitor fluorides. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok to brush w/ my child's toothpaste half the time? I'm saving up to have dental work done & that brand does not hurt my teeth in the meantime.
What is the appropriate age to allow a child to brush her teeth by herself? My daughter is about to turn three. Is this old enough to allow her to brush her teeth by herself? How long should I watch her brush for?
Not yet: At three children do not have the dexterity to do an adequate job brushing there own teeth. I usually recommend having a parent do the brushing until about 8 or 9 years old. It is important that every surface of every tooth be cleaned so flossing is also important at this age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Carefully: Until children are about 5 years old parents should be brushing their teeth. This ensures a good cleaning and no missed spots. Use about a pea sized amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush and brush away. Once your child has a tooth you should start brushing (at first you can just use a warm washcloth to get your child used to the motion). Once two teeth are together time to floss! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As often as she want: The main thing with children is to use each tooth brushing (usually 2x/day) as a teaching session. When the child states that she is finished, help instruct her on how to reach difficult areas. Even if you have to guide their hands to do so. Children ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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