Sharna Mulqueen RDH
Are my kids doing a good job cleaning their teeth?
Tooth brushing is one of those important chores that every parent teaches their child. Not only is tooth brushing a lesson in good dental care, it also an opportunity to teach your child about responsibility. As a parent, you know that good dental care is imperative to your child’s overall health. Your child could be skipping out on brushing their teeth; you can use this guide for clues to check.
Tips That Your Child isn’t Brushing Their Teeth
- The toothbrush is dry. If you notice that your child’s toothbrush is dry, it’s a sure sign he or she hasn’t brushed. Check their toothbrush as soon as they are done to verify.
- Your child is finished brushing quickly. Even baby teeth need to be brushed for at least two minutes. If you discover your child is rapidly done brushing, help them understand the importance of proper dental care, including brushing every area of their mouth carefully. You can use music and timers to inspire them to brush for the full two minutes.
- Food particles are still in your child’s teeth. If your child emerges from the bathroom raving they had a thorough tooth brushing—ask for a smile. If food particles remain, send your child back to the bathroom for a brushing do-over.
- Your child’s tongue is white. Clean tongues are pink. Tongues with bacteria lurking are white. Make sure your child knows to brush their tongue as well as their teeth for complete dental care.
- Never-ending dental floss. Flossing daily is as important as twice-daily brushing, so monitor the bathroom garbage can for floss strings. Encouraged your child to use any product that can clean in between the teeth. Hand held flossers are a great tool for children to start using.
- Your child has bad breath. Bad breath, especially at a young age, is often the result of bacteria buildup caused by food particles that may still be hanging around. Do a breath check and send your child in for a brushing if it’s anything less than pleasant.
- Your child has cavities. If your child develops dental issues, such as cavities or tooth pain, seek the advice of one of our Dentist. This is an obvious sign that your child is skipping all or part of their dental care routine. We are can offer additional tips to help keep your kids excited about brushing.
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