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Teaching my five year old good brushing habits.

Wednesday, Apr. 7th 2010 12:22 PM

My son Jack is going on six and I still have to fight with him to get him to brush his teeth after eating his breakfast and before going to bed at night.   I do not have his problem with is four year old sister so I do not know what the issue is.

There are even some days where I have to brush his teeth for him since he will not or if he does brush his teeth he does a really lazy job of it.  I am not sure what I need to do to get him to get into good brushing habits.  Lucky for now his teeth are in really good shape and he has no cavities but I still need him to start brushing on his own without it turning into a big ordeal.

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4 Comments on “Teaching my five year old good brushing habits.”

  1. Carol Jackey Says:

    Try making brushing your teeth fun. Brush your teeth or have dad brush is teeth with your son. Children like do what they see their parents do.

    You can also try buying a child book about teeth care. Get him excited about taking good care of his teeth.

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  2. Andrew Gollab Says:

    If you have not done so already, Let him pick out his own tooth brush. Sometimes making something special will make him want to use it. Maybe get the kind that plays music or that vibrates. Anything that make him think it is fun to use is good.

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  3. Kerry G Says:

    Stop fighting with him and at age six try not to brush his teeth for him. All of that is making it a negative experience which may only makes him not want to brush even more.

    It is a good idea to brush with him not for him. Show him how you brush your teeth and have him watch you while he does his own teeth. Smile be happy about it. If he see that you are making it a chore then that is how he will view brushing his teeth too.

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  4. Kris Harris Says:

    My daughter use to be a big pain in the butt when it came to brushing her teeth too. I am not sure why since her older brother never had a problem with bushing.

    The way we got her to brush was by sitting her down and telling her all the bad things that can happen to her oral health if she does not take care of her teeth.

    She was around eight so we also showed her some photos of bad teeth, telling her that is what can happen to her teeth if she does not brush.

    So yes we just reason with her and showed her the consequences of her behavior. We also told her it would be up to her since we were going to stop fighting with her over it. If she wanted bad teeth so be it. Lucky for us she did start taking much better care of her teeth.

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