Because this isn't specifically unschooling...
The best responses to these questions end up being about relationships, and lesser-of-two-evils, and logic, and reality.
In October 2017, it seemed better to create a page with links we could share later than to discuss it yet again.
Be aware that there might be newer and better knowledge and ideas coming along, so I've dated the links.
Joyce Kurtak Fetteroll wrote:
I have a collection of radical unschooling approaches to cleaner teeth.From Brushing Teeth to Cleaner Teeth
More about Dental Visits, than about home care:
Responses to this are at the link below, but might be largely links I'm collecting for this page:
My dilemma is regarding my 3 and a bit year old daughter who I know has tooth decay in several teeth. We have taken her to several dentists over the past year and she flatly refuses to allow the dentists to look in her mouth. She is even reluctant to allow me to look at her teeth, only to get glimpses of the dark areas of decay. In the past couple of weeks, she has started eating less and she requests to breastfeed regularly throughout the day - her wanting to nurse has increased in this time. Night time teeth brushing has always been a chore but recently it has become very upsetting for her. It is clear to me that she is in discomfort and tonight she has told me that some of her teeth are sore.
"My son is 4 yo and a few months ago he mentioned a couple times that his tooth hurt. I took him to the dentist and he was comfortable with her looking at his teeth. He has two large cavities in his molars and..."
My 4 year old son is going to the hospital to have cavities filled on Monday. He has big cavities in all his molars and has been in some pain.
I am very nervous for several reasons. I am sure the procedure will go fine, but I am not sure how he will deal with the experience. I can't go back to the OR with him, he may not be cooperative with the nurses, and I am sure he will be scared and probably angry with me....
For members of Always Learning, here are links to some previous discussions. Sorry it's not visible to non-mambers; it used to be.
finding balance regarding dental care"Yesterday my son Josh (6.5) had dental surgery and now has 8 crowns. He had an abscess a few weeks ago and was on antibiotics and since that dentist visit, I've noticed a lot of anxiety coming up about his dental care. He's gone a few years not ever wanting to brush his teeth. ..." [39 responses, June 2016]More, based on something I wrote there: Side curses and clarity
Teeth on Joyce's site