How to Get Kids to Brush their Teeth

How to Get Kids to Brush their Teeth

As a mother raising five kids I have struggled with ways to get them to brush their teeth.
Three of my kids are now adults with two in their tweens and early teens. I also have a four-year grandson and one-year-old granddaughter, whom I babysit often (so much for thinking I was past dealing with toddlers). So, as you can gather, yes, I might have the experience, but it’s been a while since I had to teach my little ones to brush their teeth. Would you believe that it’s not just little ones you have to make sure their teeth are being looked after with regular brushing? Yes, I’m ashamed to say that I have problems with my youngest two children. My daughter will be 12 next month and she isn’t so bad at her dental hygiene. But there are times when I have to remind her (remind is a nice way of putting it) to brush her teeth. My 14-year old son, on the other hand, is just gross – yep I said it. The number of times I nagged, yelled and nagged him about his hygiene is not funny. He loves nothing more than to sleep in, until the very last minute before it’s time to go to school, which of course gives him no time to brush properly if at all. I didn’t have this problem with my first three kids. They have always had great hygiene.

Lazy Parenting

I know what you must be thinking – it’s our fault as parents. And you probably wouldn’t be completely wrong. But I guess after not having to worry about my oldest kids looking after their own hygiene, I suppose I got lazy. At 50 and having five children with big gaps on either side, I have been doing this a very long time. And sometimes I just expect my youngest kids to be responsible for their own hygiene – you know being 12 and 14. So where did I go wrong? How do I encourage my youngest children to brush their teeth morning and night without having to nag all the time? Teenagers just LOVE nagging Mums. So much so that they tend to dig their heels in and do the opposite. My kids do go to the dentist regularly, so I do somethings right (sometimes).

“So where did I go wrong?”

Problems Caused by Lack of Brushing

I guess I wasn’t quite on the ball with my youngest children as I was with my oldest, even when they were little. (Again, sometimes I’m just over it, ha). But I can tell you from experience how important it is to teach your children to brush their teeth. Both kids had to have dental treatment done at young ages to the point of being knocked out. Riley had three back baby teeth removed as one decay went across three teeth. And my little girl, who was about 5 or 6 had to have quite a lot of work done. This was within 6 months of her last visit to the dentist (her baby teeth were susceptible to decay). Although, this ended having a bright side as it happened at just the right time. She had lost her two top baby teeth, so the timing was perfect. The Specialist Children’s Dentist told us that she had the front part of her gum (I think it’s called the labial, but don’t quote me) needed to be cut away or her new teeth would grow with a big gap between them. This would mean she would need braces later. So, with fixing her cavities, capping a few of her back-baby teeth and treating the gum problem, oh and don’t forget the cost of surgery, hospital and the specialist we were out of pocket $3000. I regret that she had to go through that at such a young age. But her teeth are as straight as they come now. Yay, no braces. It still doesn’t take away from the fact that she needed the other work done. So, my point being, keep getting your kids to brush their teeth.

Ways to get kids to brush their teeth

After telling you my story with my youngest children, you know how important it is to find ways to get your little ones to brush their teeth every day, morning and night. Once they get in the habit at a young age, it will be something they won’t think twice about as they get older. They won’t turn into lazy teenagers who couldn’t be bothered to look after their teeth (sorry to tell you this but they will still be lazy – especially when you want them to clean their rooms or do their chores). You don’t want to be that nagging Mum or Dad, well not about their teeth brushing anyway. Especially, when you are having a conversation with them after school and you just want to cringe when you can see they haven’t brushed their teeth – again.

Tricks to making teeth brushing fun

This one I had to do some research on as it’s been so long since I’ve had to use any tricks for little kids. I did talk to my daughter and she did remind me of some of the things I used to do as she now does the same with her toddlers.

  1. Make sure you only use baby toothbrushes and toothpaste
  2. Let them know that they are a big girl/boy for brushing their own teeth with their very own toothpaste.
  3. Put some paste on the brush and just give it to them, they will put it in their mouth (this might only work with kids from when first cut their teeth to about two)
  4. Get them to mimic you, brush your teeth while they are brushing theirs.
  5. Reward them afterwards, of course not with sweets.

Here are some ideas I found on the Colgate site.

  • Give your child a toothbrush to play with. Let him brush his stuffed animal or doll’s teeth while you brush his.
  • Let your child brush your teeth. (Don’t forget to do it again yourself later.)
  • Cheer with each tooth brushed: “Tooth number eight is clean and shiny!” Then give an enthusiastic “Woohoo!”
  • Download a fun app. “Brush DJ” plays two minutes of music (the recommended time for brushing) while the brusher races against the clock to get a clean mouth before time is up. “Star Teeth” allows kids to pick a character who encourages them while they brush.

I love the app idea. They didn’t have these 10 years ago.

Have Regular Dental Check-ups

  I hope you learn from my mistakes – don’t get lazy, no matter how many kids you have (even if you are ancient like me). Keep teaching your babies to brush their teeth so it becomes a natural everyday thing. Find fun ways to get kids to brush their teeth when they are little. And most important, take your kids to the dentist regularly, every six months.

Save Money on your Dental Treatment


Do you want to save money on your dental treatment?

Would you go overseas to go to the dentist to save money?

I hate going to the dentist! It is literally one of my phobias, well that and green-ants. Why green-ants you ask? Well, their bite stings for hours, a bit like getting a tooth pulled (well, in my opinion, anyway). I am not fond of the numbing needles at the dentist. I’ve been told I have a low pain threshold. Who would have guessed!

And why did I have to get my tooth pulled? Because I put off going to the dentist.

The cost

But the biggest reason I don’t like going to the dentist. The COST! The cost hurts the most.

I have private medical insurance, in fact, I couldn’t live without it. But the out-of-pocket expenses for getting dental treatment, especially complex dental treatment is way beyond my affordability.

Don’t get me wrong, I send my kids to the dentist regularly for check-ups. My middle son had to have braces a few years ago, and that was thousands of dollars out of pocket. But there was an affordable payment plan, so we managed.

I, on the other hand, haven’t been for years, whoops, I’m bad. I even know my teeth need work on them, which stops me from going even more. The cost will be higher. And I know the longer I wait the more work I will need and the more it will cost.

I can’t afford the extra expense, so I keep putting it off.

I also know that when I finally go to the dentist all my toothaches (which are more painful) will go away.

What about Dental tourism?

While scanning my Facebook feeds, I came across a post from a friend. She was asking if anyone had gone overseas to get their teeth worked on. So, I decided to find out why she was interested. I’m was thinking, why would you want to go overseas when there are so many great dentists in Australia. I called her and told I was doing some research.

I asked her the main question – WHY? “Why are you thinking of going overseas to get your teeth fixed” (she has always had problems with her teeth due to grinding in her sleep, shoos, don’t tell her I told you)? Her immediate answer was – it’s cheaper!

Then I asked her if there was a way to find affordable dental treatment in Australia, would you prefer to get it done here? Her answer – again immediate – Yes!  

“Why are you thinking of going overseas to get your teeth fixed”

I Did the Research

Yes, it might be cheaper to go overseas to get your teeth fixed. Especially if you have a lot of work that needs doing. You might be able to save money on dental treatment. And let’s not forget about the holiday while you are over there (not my idea of a great holiday destination though).

In some cases, the treatment and professionals are of high quality. There are even Medical Tourism Agencies who can guide you in the right direction.

Many people looking to save money on their dental bills find the websites of overseas providers. Some of them are very professionally made. They are easy to navigate, easy to look at, easy to find all the answers to common questions.

These websites also make their services look great. But all this does not mean that they will receive high-quality, safe dental treatment in a well-regulated, modern facility.

So, is it worth trying to save those extra dollars? I can think of many cons NOT to go overseas for treatment. I also did the research.

  1. The biggest personal reason for me – are you kidding?
  2. The standard of facilities
  3. Dental professionals and staff
  4. The health risks
  5. Post-procedure follow-up and/or complications.
  6. Legalities of malpractice
  7. Health Insurance
  8. Having to get a lot of work done in a short time
  9. Health professional opinions
  10. Are you really saving money in the long run?

My Personal Reason

I’m not about to go to an overseas dentist – don’t forget the dentist is one of my phobias. Knowing my luck, the dentist I ended up seeing wouldn’t be one of those high-quality professionals I mentioned before. I would much prefer to suck it up and go to a dentist – any dentist in Australia.

The Standard of Facilities

Australian dentists and other professionals work in facilities that are of very high standard where there are strict regulations and guidelines. Some other countries have fewer or no regulations regarding the facilities and infrastructure. There is also a risk with their water purity and sanitation. Which of course, if it is of a low standard can increase the risk of infections and other diseases.

Dental Professionals and Staff

Australia has a very high quality of training for all medical professions. Can you be certain about the quality of training of the dentists and their staff in other countries? As I said previously, some are of high-quality, but are you willing to take yet another risk?

The Health Risks

The health risks alone should be a turn-off to get your teeth done overseas. There are few or no regulations regarding the competency of dental professionals. And I as I mentioned above, the standard of work facilities can cause infections and diseases. You can keep that to yourself, thank you and no thanks!

Other Reasons for Health Risks

One of the biggest reasons why it looks like you are saving money if you go overseas, is they charge a fixed rate. In dentistry, some of these are the costs of materials, such as implants, crowns, drills, and dental equipment necessary for every dentist to do their job. Taking shortcuts is another way that costs are reduced. This can lead to serious health risks. Are you willing to gamble your health if these shortcuts are taken?

Post-procedure follow-up and/or complications.

What if your dental work requires more than one sitting. I know if you need a root canal, it takes about three visits to the dentist over a period of weeks. Are you going to stay overseas for that amount of time? Any medical procedure can result in complications. Does that mean you have to travel again to go back to the same dentist who did the original work? So much for the saving!

Legalities of Malpractice

This one I’m not getting into too much, as it would take a lot more research and I would have to pretend I know what I’m talking about, lol. But, let’s say there was a case of malpractice on their part when they did your dental work. Other countries have different legal systems than Australia. How would you take legal action to gain any compensation for all the pain and suffering you experience? Something to think about!

Health Insurance

Are you entitled to your Australian health insurance when you get medical treatment overseas? That’s another thing you would have to look into.

Having to get a lot of work done in a short time

Getting complex dental treatment done all at once in a short time frame risks more complications. Like I said before, a root canal takes multiple treatments and needs the teeth and gums time to recover in between treatments.

Health Professional Opinions

I must side with all the Australian Health Professionals who caution people on getting medical work done overseas. Complex dental procedures shouldn’t be taken lightly, warned the ADA, cautioning against going overseas for treatment which can result in painful complications and unforeseen cost.” This comes from Australian Dental Association website.

Are you really saving money in the long run?

I could be enticed into the lure of saving thousands of dollars if I go overseas to get dental treatment. This option does sound and look very good on the outside, with the professional-looking websites and the medical tourism push by agencies, etc.

It might also sound great to have a holiday and mix business with pleasure – or recovery after dental surgery with a holiday. I don’t think they mix too well.

After considering the cost of airfares and accommodation plus the cost of the actual treatment. And with everything I have encountered in my research. The risks associated with the overseas dental option. Possible complications that could arise after the treatment. The advice given by Australian medical professionals.

When you put this all together, to me it is not worth it.

Save Money on Your Dental Treatment

So, I ask the question again, like I did at the start. Do you want to save money on your dental treatment? And stay in Australia and avoid all those risks.

Remember, the main reason going to the dentist is one of my phobias. The cost! I can’t afford big out-of-pocket dental bills.

But I have found an easy, cost-saving solution.

How would you like dentist professionals bidding on your treatment? You get to choose.

Dental Bid helps you access affordable dental care by matching you with Australian dentists who will offer you AT LEAST 25% off your dental treatment costs.

Everyone loves to save money. It means I don’t need to put off my treatment anymore.

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Dental Bills Killing the Australian Dream

Are you living the Australian dream?

Almost? Half-way there?

What happens to that dream when your hard work, the savings, and the planning and sacrificing that you’ve done come face to face with a broken tooth, a unavoidable root canal, tooth replacement, or orthodontic therapy that can’t be put off any longer?

An expensive, unexpected dental bill can set you back months or even years in your planning. Not only is it a big headache to deal with, it can have real consequences in the quality of your family’s life now and in the future.

In recent years, dental tourism has developed as a result of soaring dental prices in Australia. To be fair, the high prices in Australia are justifiable to a high degree.

Higher fees for dental work in Australia are, to a large extent, due to:

  • Australia’s strict standards for medical professionals
  • High levels of education and training required to be licensed
  • High quality of service and workmanship available in Australia

That is all well and good except for the fact: if you can’t afford to pay for the dental work you need, all of those high standards and benefits don’t do you or your family any good at all.

This fact causes some to take substantial risks and gamble with their oral health by seeking dental work overseas.

What can you do if you are facing financially crippling fees for necessary dental work and you don’t want to risk your oral health (or that of a family member) by gambling with an overseas provider?


DentalBid is an effective, online tool to significantly lower costs on dental work.

This is a way for you to locate a dentist in a desired area, communicate what dental work you want to have performed, and allow dentists to bid on the work.

Advantages to you, the dental customer:
  • Save time and expense searching for available dental practices
  • Research the dental practices before you talk to them
  • Gather a variety of estimates from multiple practices
  • Entitled to a FREE 15 minute consultation in person, without obligation
  • Ability to negotiate fees before choosing a provider
What do the dentists get out of this deal?
  • Contact with potential new patients
  • Potential to grow their practices
  • Potential contact with everyone that you know
  • Potential future business for years from you and your contacts
  • Motivation to please you and retain your patronage

Let DentalBid help you reach your version of the Australian dream by saving you money on dental and orthodontic work.

It’s easy to get discouraged and lose hope when it comes to the high costs of medical and dental care in Australia these days.

Let us help you to help yourself with this invaluable online tool that is easy to use and may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. At the same time, making Australia’s high quality dental services financially accessible to you.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

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DentalBid helps you care for your teeth at competitive prices, and form positive relationships with highly qualified dentists in your area.

Children’s Dental Care Squeezing Parental Budgets

Children are little packages of love and joy that also cost a lot of money to raise and care for. Of course, we all love them, but we also know that they always need something, either necessary or new. Dental health is one of the important, necessary expenses that parents have to deal with in the course of raising a child.

Over the past 15 years, the cost of health care in Australia has steadily increased. According to the AIHW (the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare), the number of people that have delayed dental treatment or put it off altogether, for economic reasons has risen steadily for over a decade.

Many parents prioritise their children’s dental care at the expense of their own oral health due to rising dental costs.

Healthcare, and specifically dental care costs have increased in recent decades for several reasons.

  • Healthcare has improved, but for a price. The costs of technological development, pharmaceutics, research, and advanced equipment have risen and with them, the costs of health services as well. As an integral part of health care, the expenses for dental care have ridden the same rising tide as the healthcare industry.
  • Demand has increased. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the population of Australia has been growing steadily at one to two percent for over the last 15 years. With increased population comes increased demand. With increased demand, comes increased rates.
  • Expectations and status associated with attractiveness have skyrocketed. Maintaining good oral health with the help of a good dentist is not the only burden that parents carry for their children. There is also the weight of

Very few people are born with perfect teeth, and the pressure on parents to provide orthodontic treatment for their children has increased. Physical appearance has always been a strong pressure point in the adolescent years.

Entertainment and social media has only increased the pressure to look perfect. When was the last time you saw a less-than-perfect celebrity? Probably not since the 70’s, if you can remember that far back.

New techniques in orthodontics allow patients to receive treatment with less pain and less cosmetic disruption. However, the newer methods are more expensive. This is yet a further burden on parents.

Almost everything in the health care industry, and especially oral health, seems to be costing more and more. What is a parent to do?

We are all facing rising dentist and orthodontic fees, and greater expectations of ourselves and the professionals that we employ.

What can one do to manage runaway costs and out-of-control spending?

DentalBid can provide relief.

Through our FREE service, you can put your dental situation out into the pool of participating dentists and orthodontists.

Participating dental professionals will send you bids, based on the description of the work that you supplied. You can compare rates, services, and locations to narrow down your choice of money saving candidates.

You can even go visit them without any obligation to see who has the best attitude, personality, efficient office staff, and accessibility for your particular needs and tastes.

You are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment. You can check out as many bids as you like in person, without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

With DentalBid, you can take care of your teeth, at below competitive rates, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

How to Find a Good Dentist in Australia

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For whatever reason, you don’t know a good dentist.

How do you find a good one?

Tips For Finding a Good Dentist

    1. Ask your friends. Word of mouth is one of best ways you can find a dentist. A friend can give you insight into their dentist’s skills, specialties, how they run their business, and tip you off to any problems that they have had. One of the greatest advantages of getting a referral from a friend is that you can ask specific questions of importance to you that you might not expect to get answered well from a source that is unfamiliar with you.
    2. Check their credentials. If you find a dentist that you are interested in, check to make sure that they are professionally trained and licensed to practise dentistry.
    3. Two places to look online for your dentist are:

      Dental Board of Australia (

      If the dentist in question is not listed there, then they are not a real dentist and you should definitely not use them.

      Australian Dental Association (

      When you talk to them on the phone or visit their office you should ask about their training and education.

      In Australia, a general dentist will have a BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) after four years of study from one of the Universities in Australia. After more post-graduate training, they will receive a DClinDent (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry), previously referred to as a MDS or MDSc (Master of Dental Surgery/Science).

    4. Talk to them in person. No research you do can substitute for visiting the dentist at their office and talking to them face to face. In person you will be able to gain valuable information that is impossible to gather over the phone or online.

    Intangible things are crucial in your decision to place your trust in a particular dentist.

    For example, in person you can see how well they maintain their office, the demeanor of the dentist and the staff, the professionalism practised with other patients, and similar things.

    This is where DentalBid is very useful.

    Use DentalBid to find dentists in your area that are willing to offer you a competitive fee in exchange for the chance to showcase their practise. After you describe your needs on DentalBid, you will receive offers from dentists in your area. At that point, you can do your online research, talk to your friends, and decide which of those dentists might be your best option.

    Contact the ones you want to visit by phone and make an appointment to visit in person.

    As a DentalBid user, you are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

    Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

        1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
        2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
        3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

    DentalBid helps you care for your teeth, find a good price, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

3 Dangers of Medical Tourism

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If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are three of the serious drawbacks that every person considering overseas treatment should consider.

  2. We all like to think positive and trust that our dental procedures will be completed quickly, painlessly, and permanently. In reality, this is often not the case, especially in procedures that require more than simple, surface treatments of the tooth’s crown.

    The best way of avoiding unforeseen, post-procedure complications, is to have the work done by a highly skilled, experienced professional under optimum conditions in the first place.

    However, if you have the misfortune to experiencing post-procedural complications or you are simply not satisfied with the results of your treatment, you may require a follow up visit, or multiple visits, to deal with the problem or even have the work redone.

    In the case of an unexpected infection, you may not have the luxury of time for a follow up treatment. Often there is no choice but to find a local dentist to properly deal with the consequences of poor overseas dental work, and your insurance may be averse to paying for it.

    The option of returning to the overseas provider for follow up care is often impractical and uneconomical, usually nullifying the monetary savings, which, in most cases, was the principle reason for seeking care overseas.

  4. For many procedures, there are fixed rates that dictate much of the costs of treatment. In dentistry, some of these are the costs of materials, such as implants, crowns, drills, and dental equipment necessary for every dentist to do their job.

    One way that costs can be reduced, is by taking shortcuts. This can lead to serious health risks. If these shortcuts, often unthinkable in wealthy developed countries, are used by less than meticulous practitioners overseas, you could be gambling with your health.

    Australia’s Department of Heath actively ensures that all X-ray equipment used by dental professionals in Australia is licensed and maintained. The X-ray units are calibrated in order to reduce the amount of radiation dosage a patient receives. Also, this ensures that the equipment is not leaking radiation.

    Moreover, the Department of Health requires that all surgery walls are lead-lined in order to prevent the spread of radiation. One popular clinic in Thailand takes up to 30 CT scan each day in a small room next to a surgery with no lead lining in the wall dividing the two rooms. Spending two hours in that dental chair can involve 6 to 7 CT scans, which emits a radiation level that is equivalent to over 250 chest x-rays.

    An unsuspecting patient, lured by low-cost treatment, might have no idea that they are exposed to radiation, which can be as high as 250 x-rays, and wouldn’t even know to ask about it.

    The reuse of hypodermic needles can also be problem in overseas dental clinics, where standard operating procedures may not be up to par with practices in domestic dental facilities.


When you suffer malpractice or substandard dental treatment in the domestic market, there are established laws and industry standards, and a strong legal system to fall back on regarding compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced.

The industry standards and legal systems overseas may not be as strict regarding medical liability. Even if the laws are well written, they may not be enforced stringently.

Dealing with medical and legal entities overseas includes navigating a foreign language, added requirements for foreigners (such as required local legal representation), and possibly a slow bureaucratic system. Corruption can also be an unmanageable problem in attaining your desired outcomes.


Why open yourself to hidden risks overseas when you can easily shop around for the most highly qualified dental professionals in Australia and receive private, competitive bids for your specific dental needs by using DentalBid’s simple and convenient online system.

You will be entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.

Start saving on your dental care now with DentalBid!