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When would you allow your DC to clean their teeth on their own?

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mumofeve Fri 11-Sep-09 19:57:59

I know the answer to this is simply 'when they can do it properly', but its not always that easy! My DD (3) now insists on doing her teeth on her own. She is actually pretty good at it, although obviously nowhere near as thorough as I would be. She has got so independent about the whole thing that the options are that I either let her carry on doing it herself, in the knowledge that it might not be amazingly thorough but it is a learning process, or I forcibly do it for her which would involve basically holding her down while she screamed. We have had to do the 'headlock' style of brushing in the past, and I understand that it can be necessary, but surely you have to give them a chance to try their best on their own at some point?????

mummy247 Fri 11-Sep-09 20:21:46

my dd age 3 now cleans her teeth oin her own morning and before breakfast she also does it herself at nursery you need to let her do it but sit back and avise

logi Sat 12-Sep-09 00:42:34

my ds is 5 he likes to do his own teeth but doesnt do them properly,when he was younger we had to pin him down to clean them.Now we come to an agreement ...he does his own teeth in the morning and in the evening, but evenings after hes done them i do them too.

hercules1 Sat 12-Sep-09 00:43:49

Far too young. Dd is nearly 6 and starts them but I always finish them ie do them properly.

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