Have you ever wondered how well your kids are brushing their teeth? Especially if they are no longer of an age that it’s appropriate to be standing over them and supervise whilst they brush.
Well I recently discovered a handy little bit of kit that can help check the cleanliness of your kids teeth at home, thanks to some advice from our dentist.
The Plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay can often be colourless, so is hard to spot. Boots Advanced plaque disclosing tablets cost just £2 for a box of 10. After brushing, get your child to chew on one of the tablets (without swallowing) and then rinse with water.
The disclosing agent shows areas of plaque bacteria that have been missed when brushing by staining the bacteria red for newer plaque and blue for older plaque.
With all my kids they were brushing most of their mouth well, even those hard to reach back ones, but for some reason would miss the gum line of top two front teeth.
Actually being able to show them the bacteria has been a bit of a light bulb moment. I’m able to say to them “you’ve missed that bit, go back and brush again till the stain is gone”. This is a great way to visually teach your kids how to brush their teeth thoroughly.
I wish I’d known about disclosing tablets years ago. You see, it also leaves no room for getting away with that teeth brushing dodging phase they all seem to go through. Yes!!! The kids are very aware now that mummy has a tool for random checking of teeth cleanliness. These tablets will catch them out. Mwahhhhahah!
Now be prepared, these pictures aren’t pretty but this is the difference in the quality of teeth brushing when they can see the bacteria.
I highly recommend you trying this out at home with your kids. Mine have actually found the whole process really funny and almost like a game. The prize being they have improved their brushing skills. Yes they still aren’t perfect but the proof of their improvement is in the pictures.