Does your kids brush their own teeth? DD has no issue or fight when it comes to brushing, but always asks me to do it. I wil brush in the morning then ask her to do it before bed. She doesn't do a bad job when she does do it, she has an electric toothbrush, just doesn't want to. She is very much a "I don't want to, you do it" kind of kid. We try very hard to make her do things herself now that she is a "big girl", but it's hard when it comes to teeth brushing because I am grateful she doesn't fight me on it and I know she's getting a good brushing in when I do it.
Also, do you kids spit? She can not grasp the concept.
No, I've been told that they can't properly brush by themselves till age 6 or so. I brush her teeth, then let her. She just started spitting within the last month or so, although she'd been trying for quite awhile.
I let her brush first then always brush for her to make sure we did a good job. She does have the spitting down, I think she enjoys that part more then the brushing, haha. We aren't consistent with brushing in the morning (always at night) and still have not visited the dentist (mommy fail). I feel like I'm still struggling to get into a good routine with our 12mo and DD, two kids is hard!
I wouldn't be comfortable just letting her take the reigns on this by herself, but that's just my opinion.
We have two girls who LOVE brushing their teeth. We let them "brush" first, which they are pretty good with, but then we "check their work" and basically rebrush them, just to be on the safe side. They can sort of rinse and spit - mostly put water in and spit it right out, we're working on the "swishing" part. Ashley got it a lot faster than Kayla did, but both have picked it up and no longer just swallow the water.
I need to up it from once a day (before bed) to at least twice. They've been going for regular dental checks since they turned 2 and really love it. I have weird kids who love going to the doctor though.
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