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I don’t want to brush!

What to do when your child won’t brush?

The last thing parents want to do is struggle with their young children over brushing teeth. When children resist the toothbrush, they are testing their limits. According to AAPD President Dr. William C. Berlocher (2009-2010), it’s important for parents to be “cheerfully persistent.”

  • Be positive and keep a smile on your face.  If you go into tooth brushing like you are going in to war, it will more than likely be that!
  • Oral hygiene only works if it is done on a daily basis, make it part of your routine.
  • Avoiding tooth brushing because you dread a clash with your child dramatically increases the potential for development of cavities.