Brushing Teeth?

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Registered: 01-18-2004
Brushing Teeth?
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Thu, 09-14-2006 - 3:30pm

I'm new here, but am curious how many of your kids brush their own teeth? I have a 7yo and an 8 yo and they both brush and floss their own teeth and use mouthwash twice a day. I do check them to make sure that they did a good job. We just got a new dentist and she suggested that I brush and floss for both of them twice a day. What do you all do?

Thanks in advance,
Lacy

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: ycal19
Fri, 09-15-2006 - 1:25pm

Tre's been brushing his own teeth since he started Kindergarten; I wanted him to be independent with self care. (He is so dependent with other things, LOL!) I still check and redo them myself if I see he's done a poor job. I make sure its an unpleasant experience so he WANTS to do it

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Registered: 06-11-2005
In reply to: ycal19
Mon, 09-18-2006 - 11:21pm
Our dentist said they (10 and 7 now) should be brushing alone a long time ago. Sometimes we need to "encourage" and check, but they need to learn to do it. I tell them they'll have to pay for fillings if they don't do it well!
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Registered: 06-05-2006
In reply to: ycal19
Tue, 09-19-2006 - 12:20pm

Just goes to show how different everyone is! My dentist says Mom should brush until they're 10... or the kid can brush in the AM, but Mom does a thorough job in the PM. He doesn't think kids do a good enough job. DD is 6, and I agree with dentist at this point. I am getting tired of it, though. Can't wait until she can do it herself.

I remember from my childhood the dentist had red pills we had to chew. The red would stick to any plak (sp?) we missed. I could never get all the bad spots off. I tend not to trust that kids are good brushers, even with the best of intentions.

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Registered: 04-11-2003
In reply to: ycal19
Tue, 09-19-2006 - 12:44pm

You know, Listerine has a new product out that the kids use and it turns the plaque blue.. I haven't tried it yet, but i keep meaning to buy it for Aubrey.

http://www.agentcoolblue.com/faq.aspx

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Registered: 01-18-2004
In reply to: ycal19
Thu, 09-21-2006 - 10:35am
I did buy the Cool Blue mouthwash, but I probably won't buy it again. It does show the plaque, but not very well. When my dss is done, I can still see the plaque between his teeth, but it's not blue. Also, it's VERY messy. It will stain anything it gets on. My sink is blue (it will come off, but I have to bleach it), there are spots on the floor, clothes, etc. Also, it doesn't have the flouride in it so I've still got to buy the flouride rinse too.
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Registered: 04-11-2003
In reply to: ycal19
Thu, 09-21-2006 - 10:45pm

Why would ANY company, marketing to kids, make something that stains so badly?? I will never buy this. LOL

Thanks for the heads up.

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