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    Sigh... I wish my DD learned that fighting doesn't work, capital. She hates having her teeth brushed and puts up a battle each and every single time. I've tried everything from buying her character toothbrushes to an electric toothbrush to different flavour toothpastes. NOTHING works. It's always a struggle. We have to force her, which of course upsets her and I am a little afraid of forcing it on her so much (but we do force) so that she becomes totally against the idea of brushing!

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    tzechuk, how old is your DD? small child usually likes to imitate what adults are doing, if she's seen you brush your teeth, she will also like to imitate & do it with you. have you checked her teeth or gums, maybe there's sth wrong & it hurts when she brushes her teeth? maybe that's why she's resisting brushing so much?

    my cousin was 4 when she would resist brushing her teeth & every morning & night it'll be a big scene in her house cos she wouldn't brush her teeth. it turned out her front teeth were rotten and her gums were infected. when her teeth were pulled out, she was willing to brush her teeth.

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    If she has smelly breath then it may be that Joannek has hit the nail on the head (so to speak). ... Perhaps she has something wrong with her teeth that make it painful for her to do it! I know for certain that when my daughter (3yrs) has teething (she has one back tooth that keeps on coming out then going back in again - all rest were through ages ago) she does not tell me it hurts, although i can tell there is something wrong because she chews on things and gets very grumpy! ---> I wonder if this is because 6 months+ they are so used to having teeth that hurt!

    Our little one has always been quite reluctant to brush her teeth, so we used to let her brush our teeth whilst we brushed hers - it was a litle bit painful for us, but worked! She now 'has' to do it herself, she is quite profficient, but (like Sleuth) we have to do a bit of spotting for her :yeah2

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    Quote Originally Posted by mother of 2 View Post
    My 3 year old hates brushing her teeth. Every night she puts up a protest. She occassionally lets us brush her teeth without tooth paste, but she is getting really smelly breath. What can I do? Are there any natural methods or natural tooth pastes to get rid of her mouth odour?

    Any advise appreciated!
    The odour could be tooth decay. Might be an idea now for you child to go for a check up at the dentist. They may even give you some good tips on toothbrushing. GOOD LUCK

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    definite brush with her. it works for us too. she doesn't do it on her own, but would do it when i brush my teeth at the same time. and letting them do a bit of goggling and spitting definitely adds to the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joannek View Post
    tzechuk, how old is your DD? small child usually likes to imitate what adults are doing, if she's seen you brush your teeth, she will also like to imitate & do it with you. have you checked her teeth or gums, maybe there's sth wrong & it hurts when she brushes her teeth? maybe that's why she's resisting brushing so much?

    my cousin was 4 when she would resist brushing her teeth & every morning & night it'll be a big scene in her house cos she wouldn't brush her teeth. it turned out her front teeth were rotten and her gums were infected. when her teeth were pulled out, she was willing to brush her teeth.
    I am pretty sure her front teeth are rotten/rotting - the dentist told us the way to go is to put crowns on her, which we are not willing to do.

    My DD is not yet three (turning 3 in November) - she's had her front teeth since she was 5 months.. a LONG time - but she also has a few more years to go before she gets her adult teeth. I don't want her toothless.. and I don't know what to do.. why can we not just cap her teeth... why do we need to crown? Also they don't do anaesthetic in Korea, which sucks.. so I don't know what to do. A complete dilemma.

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    i don't know what to suggest. it's a tough call to choose between pulling out your DD's teeth & keeping them in. I woul dthink that if he resists brushing, it's going to be difficult to set a good habit of brushing & teeth hygiene, which we all need for a life-time.

    maybe you can bring your DD to see another dentist & see what he suggests? someone with small kids, so he /she empathize with your situation.

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    tzechuk,
    My son who is simlilar age as your LO, had exactly the same problem on brushing teeth, and after we spent a fortune fixing his teeth, he loooooves brushing teeth. I would definately recommend you taking your LO to a specialist (ie paediatric dentistry), not adult dentist. It costs a lot, but it's necessary coz if you don't fix the teeth properly (eg resulting in gaps), the permenant teeth will not come out nicely. PM me should you need the name of my son's dentist.
    mailmail.

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