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04-16-2009, 06:54 PM
My girls still haven't really got the concept of brushing their teeth. They certainly don't spit it out- so I'm still using the training toothpaste. Does anyone know if it actually cleans their teeth too?
04-17-2009, 08:52 AM
It does clean their teeth, it just doesn't contain fluoride, which can cause problems if swallowed in too great a quantity. They should be getting sufficient fluoride from drinking water. It took our son until he was about 3 to get the hang of spitting out the toothpaste.
04-21-2009, 04:02 PM
I read somewhere that children really can't brush their teeth well until about the age of 6...about the same age their writing skills should be pretty good (has to do with coordination).
04-22-2009, 03:08 PM
Oh that's great news! I'll just do it for them! Thanks, Rayas!
04-23-2009, 11:15 AM
We just started teaching our DD to spit after we brush her teeth, she's 2 1/2 yrs. We still use the training toothpaste as recommended by the pediatrician, and we let her 'brush' first then we follow up since she can't really brush well at all. For the past week we've been teaching her to spit into the sink so we can soon switch her to real toothpaste. I still think we'll need to brush after her attempt for quite some time, but at least we'll get her on toothpaste with fluoride soon.
05-06-2009, 08:46 PM
My daughter turned 4 just in April and shes had the "real" toothpaste now for a few months and has been doing great with it, although I still remind her to spit (just in case) and don't ever leave her alone with it. She brushes her teeth first and after I count to ten (slowly) it is my turn to brush her teeth. She would never do a good job from what I see she mostly just gets her front teeth. We've taken her to the dentist and so far no cavities yay! And her dentist was impressed with how well her teeth are being brushed! :) And I think the training toothpaste does a fine job...my dentist also told me when my daughter was younger that even just water and the brush is fine for the young ones.
06-02-2009, 03:48 PM
Youknow those hourglass timers that come some board games. Use one of those and teach your children to brush until time runs out. This will help them develope good brushing habits, and the length of time will increase brushing skills, and result in cleaner teeth. The amount of time they spend brushing should be about 2 minutes.
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