Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
lensesforeyes's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,208
How old

Were/will be your kids when you stop helping brush their teeth? How old when/will you stop supervising?


Wife to Rich , SAHM to Elliana 12/04, Tobiah 09/08, Naomi 02/10, Ruth 03/11, Jeanette 12/12 , and our new bean due 07/14.
lensesforeyes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 04:25 AM   #2
jbug_4's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chase, MI
Posts: 7,040
My Mood:
Re: How old

DD is 5 and brushes on her own with a battery operated tooth brush. DS is 2 I brush his then let him take over after about half way. I will continue to do his until he can brush almost properly. Then let him take over with a battery operated one as well. I supervise (by brushing my teeth at the same time) and probably will until they are old enough to remember to go in by themselves. They brush longer then recommended time since they aren't perfect at it. Usually after I brush ds', I brush mine. DD starts while I do ds'. They continue to brush until i am done.
SAHM to LR 7/26/07 and IHM 10/6/10, wife to a self proclaimed genius, ex-navy guy. Going places and doing things that I always dreamed of, but never imagined I would.
jbug_4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 04:58 AM   #3
Shaunam's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,475
DS is 8 and I recently quit helping/supervising. I still check about 25% of the time to make sure he actually brushed and did a decent job. He's tried to not brush at all and get away with it before.
Shauna, mom to Adrian, 9 and Charlie, 6!
Shaunam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 05:54 AM   #4
SaraElise's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,446
My Mood:
Re: How old

My oldest is 5, he brushes and then at his night brushing I check and re brush the trouble spots just to make sure he's getting them really well.
Hi I'm Sara mommy to 4 little Mischief Makers
SaraElise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 07:11 AM   #5
TalkinBoutMyGirl's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hogwarts
Posts: 13,190
My Mood:
It will be a while. Teeth are super important so I think it's worth helping with/checking til your positive they can handle it on there own. I know I always tried to get away with not brushing my teeth adequately probably til I was like 12. Amazingly I didn't have any cavities til much later in life!
Anna - Gazelle intense and with mywife Rachel,
our daughter Hailey (7) and our 4

ibotta with me and save money on groceries!
TalkinBoutMyGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
jennayoung99's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: alberta, canada
Posts: 2,887
My Mood:
Hmm, I guess it will depend on the child and how good of a job they do themselves. If dd is 8 years old and still isn't doing a very good job I'll still be helping, but if she's 5 and doing a great job I might not even supervise.
Jenna - wife to Harrison since 2007, and proud mama to miss Matilda Quinn(Sept-06-11) and mr Felix Byron (May-25-13)
jennayoung99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #7
canadianbakers's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: MB, Canada
Posts: 9,221
My Mood:
Re: How old

Our hygenist and dentist both say that when they can tie their own shoes, they can brush their own teeth. I think that's a good "rule of thumb".
They do recommend that parents do the flossing until the child is about 10 years old.
Momma to R (12), Z (10), I (8), L (4), P (2) & J (Apr 14, 2015)
remembering Elliana Lucy (2.7.12)
canadianbakers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #8
jen_batten's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 11,432
Re: How old

My oldest will be seven next month. Sometimes we let him brush solo, but usually we supervise and/or assist. He doesn't do a bang up job. His sister is five and does great, so she brushes independently about as often as him. Both of them can tie their shoes, but DD is quicker/more efficient at it so I think she's just a bit more coordinated.
jen_batten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
katengrace's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,513
My Mood:
Re: How old

My oldest 2 are 6 and 7. I brush at night to make sure they got everything, and they brush in the morning for practice.
Carrie, married to my best friend, Scott and mama to Grace '05, Kate '07 and Claire '08 and Brynn born 8/18/11
katengrace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
mommabritt's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Currently MO; but wherever the Marines send us. SoCal at heart.
Posts: 9,876
My Mood:
I still brush all of my kids teeth at night. They are 1, 5, 7, and 10. Yup.

They brush in the mornings and I do a quality check. I also brush dds in the mornings with her.
Hi, I'm Brittney
Wife to one amazing man.
Mom to FOUR amazing blessings.

***IDSO Salt Water Sandals- White, Toddler 7***
mommabritt is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2018 VIX-WomensForum LLC. All Rights Reserved.