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The Tooth Brushing Fight

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Remember when I wrote about Grace’s resistance to tooth brushing?

An unfortunate result of her refusing to brush her teeth (and bad genetics and a plethora of other factors), Grace had to have 10 teeth fixed last week. In those 10 teeth, she had 6 “mini root canals” that had to get crowns and 4 fillings.

To get the dental work done, she underwent general anesthesia in a children’s surgical center.

I’m hoping this will be my biggest parenting failure. It certainly feels like a big one, and my husband and I have no one to blame but ourselves. We should have forced the tooth brushing. We didn’t.toothbrushing

In the wake of the dental work, Grace again refused to brush her teeth. She refused to allow her teeth to be brushed.

I won’t make the same mistake twice. Her teeth will be brushed twice a day, every day.

Twice a day for the last seven days, either Joe or myself has had to pry her jaws open (much like we would to brush the cats’ teeth) and brush her teeth.

Her gums are still tender from all of the work, but the brushing has to be done.

Once, she let me brush her teeth without argument. Once, Joe had to hold her down while I brushed her teeth.

I thought this would get easier after a few days, but it hasn’t.

One of us has to give in at some point.

It’s not going to be me.


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21 thoughts on “The Tooth Brushing Fight”

  1. I just want to say that I won (I think). I wrote this post last week. For the last three or four days, the brushing has gone smoothly and easily with no physical force required. Today, she even told me that there were puppies in her mouth, and she asked me to chase them with the toothbrush.

  2. I understand the feeling like a failure part. 3 of my 4 kids had to have dental work done. The dental assistant made me feel better because she said “I WORK here, and my son had it done”. 🙂

  3. Yikes! I hope toothbrushing is never that hard for us. My one year old isn’t too happy about it, but so far we haven’t had to pry any mouths open.

  4. Hey, Girl,
    Don’t get discouraged. Tooth brushing isn’t easy for “everyone else.” Last night, Logan was being stubborn & I had to practically hold him down and shove the toothbrush in his mouth. Don’t give up. Remember YOU are the mom, and you are doing what’s best for her, regardless of her attitude toward it. HUGS!

  5. Glad to hear that she is brushing on her own now. No child likes anything to do with brushing or the dentist it seems lol. I know I didn’t

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