The Art of War – Children and Brushing

Dr. Adam

From central Texas, I spent most of my young professional career advancing my knowledge and becoming a board certified pediatric dentist. Unfortunately, I have experienced an occupation ending disability and had to sell my practice. After selling my practice, I have since committed my efforts to spreading expert opinion to parents regarding the oral well-being of their children. Thanks for stopping by and please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

12 Responses

  1. Batya says:

    Thanks for such a great article. My daughter is still young (3) so she is good about letting us brush her teeth. We also just took her to the dentist for the first time, and the dentist office was so fun and child friendly and they were so nice now my daughter tells us to brush her teeth and she lets us floss them every night also (they gave her some of the one time use floss things). I definitely think a good dentist office/atmosphere helped a lot but then again she’s only 3, I hope she continues to brush/floss so nicely as she gets older.
    I had one quick general dentist question, at what age are kids supposed to start seeing a dentist? Someone told me they should start going when they get their first teeth but I’ve never heard of that before and when I brought my older daughter at 2 they told me to come back when she was 3.

    • Dr. Adam says:


      Thanks for stopping by. I recommend a child should visit the dentist within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by age 1.

      Hope that helps!

      Dr. Adam

  2. You hit the nail on the head with your title! It can be a war! I can so relate to this article. I definitely make sure they brush at least once a day. I really really try to shoot for twice but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way. Now, I still brush my 5 year old’s teeth. Is that wrong? He does do it by himself AFTER I do the initial cleaning. However, he does not do them properly even after showing him. So in my opinion, I would rather do it myself and make sure they are brushed right then have him do it and end up with a mouth full of cavities in a few months!

    • Dr. Adam says:


      Thanks for the elaborate comment, I really appreciate it! You are correct in helping your 5-year-old. The AAPD recommends you help your child brush until they have enough coordination to tie their shoes. However, a proactive parent like yourself is a great asset.

      Keep up the great work!

      Dr. Adam

  3. Brian says:

    This is a real problem for my family! To be honest we were a bit negligent with our eldest, we did not want to force him so we let it slide. In the end he had to have several of his milk teeth removed!

    Since then we work hard to get all of our kids to brush their teeth but it is a constant battle. We are now not too bad about brushing but flossing is another matter. They say it hurts their gums and refuse to do it.

    Do you have any magical ‘Star Wars’ floss to recommend?

    • Dr. Adam says:


      Thanks for the comment. They do make “Dino Flossers” and “Wild Flossers” that can be purchased at most places that sell toothbrushes and toothpaste. Thanks for mentioning the pain when they floss, I heard it all the time in the office. The pain they are experiencing is from inflammation.

      Please don’t hesitate if you have any further questions!

      Dr. Adam

  4. Chris Towers says:

    Interesting reading here and something for parents to take note of.

    i myself am having problems with my youngest when it comes to getting her to brush her teeth. The classic ‘I forgot’ is something I hear regularly.

    I even caught her wetting the toothbrush and putting it back without brushing at all.. Kids eh!

    But I always remember my parents struggling to get me to brush too when I was younger.

    I was always allowed to stay up twenty minutes longer if i brushed properly, that was incentive enough for me 🙂



  5. Daniella says:

    Hi Adam,

    Great article, I’ve found it very useful!

    I remember having hard a time with my children when they had to brush their teeth. In fact, it was one of the most difficult parts of the education 🙂

    Today, it has became a habit for them, and I don’t have to argue with my kids anymore about it! Thank God:)

    Thank you very much for this excellent article

    • Dr. Adam says:


      I really appreciate you taking the time to review my article. I hope that you were able to take away from it some very useful suggestions. I am glad to hear the kiddos don’t battle you anymore. Please feel free to share this page with whomever you think would benefit.


      Dr. Adam

  6. Cassia says:

    I very much appreciate this post since I have an 8 year old boy who is not very thrilled with the idea of daily brushing; let alone doing it after every meal. He is starting to come around, though. I like what you mentioned that we can try turning it into some sort of a challenge or a game and offer incentives. I agree that we ought to be as creative as we can in making it happen since we will all benefit in the long run. Thanks for the reminder! Oh, and the disclosing tablet is quite interesting.

    • Dr. Adam says:


      You are very welcome and thank you for your feedback/comment. Sometimes the child has to make it their idea to be convinced to brush those teeth. I also provided a review on the Star Wars Toothbrushes, your son may be interested is something like that.

      Take Care,

      Dr. Adam

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