When you have kids you need to have ways to keep an eye on their health and hygiene habits. The habits that they start to learn as a child will move along with them as they get older. You want to see what you can do to ensure they are taking good care of their teeth in terms of brushing and flossing. There are lots of things you can do such as the brushing for them, teach them good routines and also make sure they are seeing a dentist on a regular basis. One thing you may not realize is that your toothbrush and your children’s toothbrush can talk to you. Not in words of course but they can show you what you need to know about your child’s oral health. Smile Reef offers helpful tips for what to look for in your child’s toothbrush.
Toothbrush Bristles Turning Yellow or Other Color
When you or your child is done brushing their teeth you want to look over the toothbrush for signs that there is a problem. One thing you might start to notice is that the bristles have a strange or odd color. The most common reason behind these odd colors is that the person that is brushing is eating too many sweets. Most sweets that are being consumed have dye in them to make them those fun colors that we all love. The problem is that these same colors can start to dye your teeth and when you brush the dye is being removed. You want to try and reduce the amount of sweets if this happens to your child.
Bent Toothbrush Bristles
The toothbrush is in perfect shape when you pull it out of the package. You want to make sure you are keeping an eye on the bristles to determine if they are wearing out. If you happen to see the bristles on the toothbrush are coming apart and look frayed you want to make sure it is replaced right away. This usually means that it is breaking down and needs to be replaced with a new one. You should have a schedule to replace your toothbrush every few months but sooner if it is necessary.
Toothbrush Wearing Out Quickly
One of the things you might notice with your kids is that the toothbrush may seem like it is worn out too quick or abnormally. The toothbrush should last the whole three months and if it is not then you might have a child that is brushing with the wrong technique. They should be brushing in small circles but if it is wearing out they are likely scrubbing back and forth. If they are brushing too hard and back and forth they can be damaging the toothbrush. You want to retrain them on how to brush and then replace the toothbrush with a new one.