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is it that bad? My dh read that dc should not be allowed to brush alone until they are 5. I supervise. I see that she does a good job. She has beautiful white teeth. She doesn't eat candy or drink soda. I give her a miniscule (not even pea-sized - that's huge! - amount of fluoridated children's toothpaste (I ran out of her Weleda fluoride-free and there's none to be had in Kyrgyzstan).<br><br>
I have issues with intervening when she's doing something. I feel like I need to show her that I trust that she can do things - that finishing for her is like telling her I don't feel she can do it herself. Does that make sense?<br><br>
Will her teeth be OK. She really does a fantastic job.
 

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but not with the attitude that she can't do it, just that I need to check. I let her do it, then when she is done, I check, and talk about what a great job she did. I will brush the molars while saying "let me check your molars, looks good, now your smile, great!" My check is only about 20 seconds. It is just part of our routine, and I feel it is important, so I do it. Fine motor dexterity takes a while to develop, as does awareness of all the surfaces of the teeth(kind of a 3D image in the mind)<br>
It looks like she is doing a good job, but it's possible she misses tiny spots, which is enough for a cavity to develop. She has no decay at all, (knock wood)<br>
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Well, each child's mouth and the amount of s.mutans (cavity causing bacteria) within are different. In my dd's case, she too doesn't eat candy or soda, and has had cavity problems that started at 15 months. So with her, I allow her to start and then I finish. Other kids I know eat tons of junk and brush very haphazardly with no problems. Has she been for a dental check up yet? Might be a good idea....and then you will know if the brushing is adequate. If I were taking your approach, I would have her brush after every meal/snack. Sometimes you can't even see cavities, but they are festering....
 

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Agreed with previous posters... unfortunately, while you certainly increase the chances that your dd's teeth will be fine by avoiding things like candy and soda, there are no guarantees. My dd had 7 cavities with an incredibly healthy diet, while I was put to bed with a bottle full of (cow's) milk every night until I was 4 or 5 and didn't have any cavities at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
If you haven't taken her to a dentist yet, do so -- always a good idea to get 'em used to the dentist's quick -- and go from there.
 

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She had a checkup before coming out here. I should take her again.<br><br>
Thanks for all the advice.<br><br>
And Hilary - I have half a mouthful of fillings from when I was your ds's age. But now all my dentist's comment on my full set of teeth and how beautiful they are and what a good job I do to keep them that way. I had a dentist in Paris who was so intimidating to me (in a nice way...I know, strange) because of his beautiful office and such, that I strictly followed all his instructions after each visit. I couldn't stand the idea of him being disappointed in me. He is always there in my mind talking to me while I brush!
 

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& i still brush his teeth. he does it first & i finish. his four front teeth have been bad since he was very small. i am doing my best to see that the problem does not worsen.<br><br>
i guess if her teeth look to be in good shape, continue as you are. i would 2nd the idea of taking her to the dentist; i need to make an appt for joe before too much longer myself!
 

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My kids both brush first and then I count their teeth while brushing. Lars (4.5) has not seemed to take this as my thinking he can't do it. Just the ritual we have. If dh or I are not in the bathroom when he finishes he'll call for us and say, "Mommy, your turn!"
 
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