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!