I am so, so very tired of fighting with my children to get them to brush their teeth every day. Seeing as all their teeth are going to fall out anyway, is it really necessary to brush their teeth?
Kristie M. – Missouri
I understand you’re weary with fighting them, but some things are worth fighting for. Yes, their teeth will fall out, but not soon enough to avoid all problems.
If your child develops an cavity and it goes untreated, the infection will spread. I don’t just mean spread to other teeth, I mean spread throughout your child’s body. Believe it or not, people still die of tooth infections. Besides, you’ll want their first visits to the pediatric dentist to be pleasant cleanings, and not painful treatments for damaged teeth.
There are some phone apps that help make tooth brushing fun for children, while showing them proper technique. Some are free (like Talking Ginger). Others cost .99 (such as T-Rex Toothbrushing Timer). There are even gaming toothbrushes. Many parents have found that they’re children are excited to brush using these tools.
Give it a try. I would not neglect their oral hygiene. It’s worth any effort.
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