Saturday, October 2, 2010

Like pulling teeth...

My daughter has decided she doesn't want to brush her teeth - at.all.ever. This week I've been fighting a virus so I didn't have it in me and admit I let it go. But last night as I was tucking her in, I took a look at her teeth. Dear me! A tragedy. I immediately made her brush her teeth and it was war.

I'm at a loss here. I've done just about everything I can think of: fun toothbrushes, different toothpaste, tried making a game of it. Nothing is working. HELP!!!! Any advice. I can't have a three year old with gum disease and green teeth!

8 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I don't have any advice (I have the same problem!) so I asked my son what he would advise. Here it is (unedited):

    "Tell her that if she doesn't do her teeth then I'll come and do them for her!"

    Sorry - perhaps it's not the panacea you were hoping for!

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  2. Can he be here at 7pm every night? Tee hee!!

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  3. Just before it comes up to brushing time, ask her whether she's looking forward to when the Tooth Fairy visits and leaves her a coin for a lost tooth. Then tell her that the Tooth Fairy only likes to leave money for sparkly clean teeth. Gosh, that sounds cruel, reading it back! However, this is what I said to my son and it worked a treat! He does a good job of it every day, especially when I keep encouraging him by saying the Tooth Fairy will love his clean teeth.

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  4. Cia's suggestion is great. One other option is to take her with you to buy a very sparkly tooth brush (or something). You might also take her to a pediatric dentist to have her teeth cleaned. Perhaps the dentist can change her mind.
    I had been letting my 7 year old brush his own teeth recently, and we had a cleaning last weekend. The dentist wasn't very impressed with me since he had all sorts of crap on the back of his front teeth. Sigh.

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  5. No advice to offer. I had the same problem with my children when they were small. We always had regular check-ups at the dentist and he would clean them each time. They've both grown up with good teeth so no harm done.

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  6. Cia, we had a chat about the tooth fairy. Our neighbour's 6 year old is losing teeth at the moment so Cate was able to grasp the concept. IT WORKED. She brushed and let me brush without a fight. Then I overheard her mention this to her brother - he has two teeth. She tried to brush them for him. Ah well! But it WORKED so thank you!

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  7. I am so pleased it worked! Cia (aka Lucy - was messing around with profile name!) x

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  8. The Tooth Fairy trick is nice. I had the same problem with my 3-year old. I also tried finding the best dentists in Bartlett for her. And this one pediatric Bartlett dentist also helped me with the Tooth Fairy story. And I think it works when we make our children talk to other people so they would feel a little conscious (her dentist is a guy). Anyway, congrats!

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