Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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My opinion is that there is a whole child's health and well being to be considered. That includes emotional health. Teeth brushing are one part of being healthy but some people never brush and have healthy teeth. I was never willing to hold down my children to force a brush into their mouthes at the expense of their mental heath and well being. My children would most certainly be traumatized if I physically forced them down and stuck a brush in their mouth. I can't even imagine doing it.
FWIW my kids are almost 4 and 7yo and brush their own teeth. When they went through phases during which they refused to brush I let it go. It passed. They both have never had cavities and see a dentist regularly.
Please folks, please don't tell me I need to. I won't do it. If that's what works in your families, that's fine. It doesn't work in mine. I'm not looking for justification for restraining her. I'm looking for alternatives. If you have alternatives, or ways you've been able to get your kids to cooperate I'd love to hear them. But please, enough implying that I'm irresponsible if I don't restrain her to brush her teeth.