Do your kids like to brush their teeth?

United States
November 30, 2007 10:39pm CST
For awhile, my little kid couldn't wait to brush her teeth. In fact, everytime I turned around she was asking for her toothbrush and toothpaste so she could do the job herself. That was ages ago. Now, I am always having to remind her to brush her teeth after meals. And, most times she just takes a swipe at the front teeth and then claims she is done. And, of course, that's not enough to get plaque off teeth. How do you get your kids to brush their teeth longer? Suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
1 Dec 07
Hello my dear beauty queen. Yes, my kid likes to brush his teeth. He started to brush his teeth when he was about two years old, I guess. Now we don't have to ask him to, as he has formed the good habit of brushing his teeth after his getting up and going to bed. Anyway, your little daughter is three only and it is ok for her to just brush her teeth for about one minutes. She is great already so far as her age is concerned. Thanks for your discussion, dear friend.
• United States
14 Jun 08
Thank you for saying so! I worry very much about her progress and am concerned that she is not progressing fast enough. I am a worry mom! Could you tell?
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• China
15 Jun 08
Hello again, beauty queen. No worry. It takes some time before a kid is able to completely brush her teeth as skillfully as she can. For sure, times helps a kid to make progress in every way. Thank you for the BR as always.
• United States
1 Dec 07
my son was exactly almost the same way as your describing your daughter. he's years old. Than those tooth tunes tooth brushes came out and he really wanted one. So of course i went out and brought him one. So right now the music singing tooth brush is still new and fun for him so hes enjoying brushing his teeth again for now.
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• United States
1 Dec 07
6 years old
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
1 Dec 07
My one year old absolutely loves brushing her teeth. My sons who are 10 and 8 hate to. They have to be reminded 15 times before they go and do it. After they finish I always check their teeth because they like to rush. My 6 year old daughter was falling into the same pattern and then we got her one of those Toothtunes toothbrushes that play music while you brush. She loves using it, so now it is no problem getting her to brush.
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@anirc750310 (3424)
• Romania
1 Dec 07
same in here in the begining , no is a pain
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@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
It was the opposite situation for me. When my son was barely two years old, it was really tough trying to brush his teeth. He made such a fuss and the task of brushing his teeth was my least favorite thing to do. But now, that he's four years old, he's more responsible when it comes to brushing his teeth. I'm always there beside him, just to make sure that he just doesn't chew his toothbrush and abandon the chore of brushing his teeth. And usually, I brush my teeth too, while he brush his, and this make the task more fun for him.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
1 Dec 07
yes my kids love to brush their teeth,what i do is i make up silly songs while they are brushing them and when i am done singing the song then i know it's been long enough to get their teeth really clean and they will stop then.you just have to be creative and it will work out for you.you can even play a game with your child and tell them to brush their teeth until you are done counting to 10 but do it very slowly.
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@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
1 Dec 07
My son who is almost three goes through stages. Some days he will brush his teeth and others days it's a battle. I play a game with him sometimes where he has to brush a couple of times and then he gets to spit out the foam. He loves this part. Sometimes he lets me brush his teeth for him which is great or we both hold his brush and I guide his hand to show him how to brush properly. It would be great if brushing a toddler's teeth was easier.
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
1 Dec 07
Yes. I think my children like to brush their teeth. If I ask them to do that, I don't have to repeat it, they will just do it. I don;t really have a problem with that.
• India
7 Dec 07
I don't really have kids so it will be harder for me to awnser this question. So just leaving with that much reply.
@cherriemae (3374)
• Philippines
3 Dec 07
that's also my problem with my toddler..sometimes, she also wanted to brush her teeth, also asking me her toothbrush and toothpaste, but most of the time i had a hard time to convince her to brush her teeth at least twice a day..when i started to put a paste on her brush, she's crying and don't want to brush her teeth, what i always do is that, i also brush my teeth together with my daughter, then i'm always watching her how to brush my teeth..that's my technique..hope you get it..lol
• United States
2 Dec 07
At 16 months my son still loves to brush his teeth. He likes that I brush them and let him "finish" the job while I brush my own teeth. So, I can't come up with some innovative idea that I have used yet. However, when we were little my dad had this friend. We called him "Uncle Duck" (everybody called him Duck). Anyway, Uncle Duck had rotting teeth. They were gross! He would come over a lot to visit us, after each visit he would tell us that our teeth would look like his if we didn't brush enough. He would leave and we would brush our teeth three to ten times a day for a week. Just when we were slowing down, he would come by again. Now I am pretty sure that you don't want Uncle Duck stopping by your house (and last I saw him he doesn't have any teeth left), but it might be effective to look up pictures online and show her what could happen if she doesn't take care of her teeth. My mother-in-law has a cartoon in her kids' bathroom of a little kid going, "Awww, Mom do I have to floss between ALL of my teeth!" The mom replies, "No of course not, just the ones you want to keep!"
@Ambur25 (1007)
• United States
2 Dec 07
I haven't tried the Musical toothbrushes, but I think I should. I don't know... my boys brush their teeth without much fighting, but they don't do as good a job as I'd like for them to..lol. But what kid does? I try to make sure they're teeth are clean after they brush. The musical toothbrush sounds like a good idea, but I think kids would brush just the front, or the side of their teeth until the music stops without really "brushing." I've told my kids to brush "each tooth" when they're brushing. It seems like that has helped them to remember the better brushing habits.