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Brushing your child's teeth.

How many times has your child proudly breathed in your face to ensure you they have brushed their teeth, the minty scent wafting out and used as a form of confirmation?

Oh, I’m on to you, little ones! 
The oldest trick in the book- one I used myself!

Red, swollen gums and a furry white film over the teeth can be indications your child’s brushing is not totally adequate.
 
I watch my seven year old brush her teeth and I just know all those pearly whites are not getting the full attention that they deserve.
 
We have made an agreement: She brushes her teeth in the morning and I cannot take over and correct her efforts. I can offer suggestions- which I suspect fall on deaf ears- but I cannot touch that brush.
 
 I can then assist her in the evening, wielding that toothbrush, toothpaste and all, I gain satisfaction in seeing those teeth get the love they so richly deserve.

Oh, and I can rinse off the sink, washing away the discarded toothpaste before it dries into a white, powdery substance!
 
What is the correct way for your child to brush their teeth? Dental Health Services Victoria has written a great article with useful tips.
 
Keep on brushing, kids!
 

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