I have a 5 year old who refuses to brush her teeth. No reason, I ask her why she won't brush them and she just screams 'uh uh' and stomps around. She used to be so good about it! Now it's a battle every morning and night. She'll try to trick me too, put toothpaste in her mouth for the smell but you can obviously tell if someone's brushed or not.
I guess I'm kind of at wits end to be asking for parenting advice, but I've exhausted all other forms of punishment and incentive. I take away her important toys, I stopped buying treats or going out for treats, we don't even go to McDonalds anymore. I tried giving her incentive to brush like 2 times a day brushing for 1 week = a day at her favorite indoor playground.
I tried showing her pictures online of people's teeth who don't brush and are decayed and she was phased for a whole day or two, then it's right back to the usual.
I don't want her to end up with a mouthful of cavities. She already had to have a filling done but obviously that wasn't a wake up call.
Ugh! Any suggestions are welcome, criticism, not so much.
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