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May 5th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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Iíve had lots of dental treatments when I was young because I just didnít like to brush my teethÖ
How do you make children brush their teeth???
Iíve tried the fancy toothbrushes and toothpastes but no success in the long termÖ
Have you tried electronic toothbrushes?
Iíve heard about Apps which help the child to brush, have you tried?
Thank you for your ideas!!!
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May 6th, 2014, 10:52 AM
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I basically just stand there and watch them do it, lol.

In the mornings and at night I lay out all four toothbrushes, put the paste on, and lay out four floss sticks (just as night for the floss.) The little two (ages 4 and 6) I brush their teeth for them. The older two (ages 8 and 9) go in and do their own teeth. It's just part of the routine... If your child is having trouble remembering I'd just help them out a little more for a while until you think they are ready for more independence. It'll be worth it to avoid those dental bills down the road.
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May 9th, 2014, 06:10 PM
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Yep, what she said. If I want them to brush their teeth I have to tell them to do it.
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May 9th, 2014, 06:33 PM
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I watch the children brush their teeth. Yes, it's an inconvenience to make sure it's done right. We also have a paper chart with daily chores and responsibilities. They draw a check after each task is completed.

I won't use an App as my phone and iPad are for my use, not for use by the children.
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July 8th, 2014, 08:42 AM
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Try out this app!!! HopHopClockIt motivates children to finish a task, to get used to time limits.
Here is a link: iteco.fi/apps/HopHopClock
Watch the video on top!
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