5 Signs To Know If Your Child Is Actually Brushing

5 Signs To Know If Your Child Is Actually Brushing


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Children are sometimes lazy when it comes to brushing their teeth. Even if they fully understood the importance of maintaining clean teeth, they do not like brushing. They sometimes bluff and tell you that they have already brushed, even if they really haven’t. Caring for your children’s teeth means encouraging them to brush regularly. You really have to check on them if they have brushed or not. Of course, if your child is a toddler, then you should be the one to brush their teeth for them.

Children are wise and got a handful of tricks to use on you. To counter that, you should also have your own to use on them. Here are few tricks to make them get busted on brushing:

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  1. Dry tooth brush. If your child told you that he already brushed his teeth only a few minutes ago, you should expect that his toothbrush is still wet when you check on it. Dry toothbrush means it is unused.
  2. Food between the teeth. Actually, it is not only food that you can see between his teeth when he does not brush. You can also see sticky plaque hanging around them. His tongue may also look whitish due to thick deposits of plaque. Remember, bacteria love plaque!
  3. Flanked the squeaky test. This is the most effective toothbrush test of all. If you notice, freshly brushed teeth are clear and have no sticky plaque on it. Ask you child to gently rub his wet fingers on his teeth. If it is clean, it will surely produce squeaking sound.
  4. Bad breath. If you can smell your child’s bad breath then, BUSTED! He did not brush.  Foul breath is caused by food debris trapped between teeth. Flossing and brushing will remove these and your child will have a fresh mouth.
  5. Occurrence of toothache. If your child has developed a toothache, this means that he or she is not brushing at all or not brushing correctly. Toothache is a real sign of bacterial invasion (bacteria attaching tooth structure). If this happens, take him or her to the dentist right away to alleviate the pain. The dentist may advise that your child needs a filling or other intervention that is needed for his teeth.

Good oral hygiene is the best way to keep your child’s teeth healthy. Training your child to brush and floss regularly will become a good habit (daily routine) and will help him avoid plaque and tooth decay. But remember this is not enough, you should also take him regularly for dental exams and dental cleanings. Your dentist will help you take care of your child’s teeth and teach him or her the proper way of brushing and flossing. American dental Association recommends a routine check-up and dental cleaning every 6 months.

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By Ladan Zinati

7 thoughts on “5 Signs To Know If Your Child Is Actually Brushing

  1. Catherin Goich

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re speaking about Bookmarked. Please also discuss with from my website =). We could have a link barter contract between us!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Catherin. Thanks for coming to our site and bookmarking it. Unfortunately I usually don’t do link exchange. I’ll think about it and if we change that, I will let you know.

      November 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm Reply
  2. Theresa

    This was a great article. I just talked to my child about brushing her teeth properly and everyday just this evening. Thank you for the tips on how to check if your child is brushing.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:41 am Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Theresa. That’s great that you are teaching your child about the importance of good brushing habits.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:41 am Reply
  3. jonies

    well really good because previously i was totally unaware of the fact that my children does not brush.After reading article, i now know that.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

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