As parents you need to keep a watchful eye on your children to ensure they don’t get into trouble or cause undue harm. You also need to be aware that they are following the rules and guidelines you set for their safety. When it comes to brushing teeth kids will try all kinds of tricks to refrain from this necessary task and as a parent you need to stay one step ahead to make sure your children are practicing good oral hygiene.
- A dry toothbrush is a dead giveaway. It’s a little hard to brush teeth without water so if your kid is jumping into bed and the toothbrush is still dry you may want to leave the light on.
- You can also tell a child has not been brushing by asking to see inside his mouth. If you notice bad breath, food particles or a white tongue these are all signs brushing has been neglected.
- Most dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes to properly clean teeth. If your child only spends roughly a minute in the bathroom, you didn’t hear the faucet run and the brush is dry it’s a good bet they didn’t brush at all.
- If your child is complaining about toothaches and a dentist determines cavities have developed then it’s a pretty good sign they have not been brushing their teeth.
It can take a while for children to realize and understand the importance of daily brushing and until then you will need to stay on top of your kids to ensure they are brushing frequently and properly.