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When did you child first start brushing their teeth on their own?

daughter is 5.5
she brushing them on her own (for about 6 months now)
i am brushing at same time
she can see how i do it, and i can extend the time of the brushing
so we go to the dentist, and dentist says that i should be brushing her teeth still
how in the world do i go into reverse on this
she does this activity independently and is proud of her independence

* dentist said all her teeth were in good condition
a bit tight- will see how adult teeth come in ( possible lack of spacing )
but the teeth were very well taken care of in regards to the brushing


Asked by fiatpax at 7:39 AM on Jan. 31, 2013 in Health

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Answers (7)
  • 3. And there's no way she would give that up!

    Answer by staciandababy at 10:17 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • umm, that is ridiculous. LO has been doing hers since 3 years old.
    Get the little flosser things and some kids mouthwash and let her continue.
    No reason in the world she can not do this on her own.
    I may think she did not do good enough sometimes and say here, let me get that tooth a little bit better.
    Other than that, she does it herself.
    So he gave a good report, she is doing a good job!

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 8:04 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • Since they were three.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:20 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • DD was almost 5 before she started brushing them on her own. But that wasn't because she couldn't or wouldn' was because her primary molars were not healthy teeth (not for lack of brushing/flossing) and I didn't want them to get any worse. After the bad ones were capped at 4-1/2, I relaxed some and let her take more control in her dental hygiene...and not one cavity since!

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 8:20 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • My suggestion is to let her brush on her own and then see if she'll let you go over them a bit after, maybe just at the bed time brushing. That's how it works with my 3 yo. If it's a big battle, I wouldn't fight her, she did get a good check up after all. :)

    Answer by tessiedawg at 8:54 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • at about 5 I stopped having to suprvise

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 10:04 AM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • when dentist said this
    i told her that daughter was doing on own for 6 months
    but i would do at bedtime brushing
    last two days daughter was very upset at this idea
    so i have been letting her do on own, and brushing along with her still- just demonstrating more

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:29 AM on Jan. 31, 2013