Brushing Teeth

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Brushing Teeth
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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 2:40am
Should my 7 yr old be brushing his teeth by himself now? I let him do it, but then step in towards the end because I don't think he does it thoroughly. Should I be letting him do it all alone? I try to make him do it in the morning before school, but it's kinda hard sometimes since we are usually in a rush. His dentist advised flossing, but he hates it. What does everyone else do?

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Registered: 06-17-2005
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 1:27pm
My dentist told us that we should be helping them until they are at least 7. My two oldest do it themselves, but I am still bringing them their toothbrushes with paste on it in the livingroom while they watch t.v. It's hard getting them to break from the t.v. somtimes and I figure, so long as they are brushing, they can sit there until a commercial break or until the show is done. This way, at least I know it's getting done.

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