Advantages Lets child see where to brush, encourages brushing.
Disadvantages E131, can be expensive
On a recent visit to the dentist with my 2 children (aged almost 10 and 7 1/2) I had to admit their tooth brushing skills weren't as good as I thought they were, which left me feeling a bit guilty as I didn't always supervise through lack of time in mornings, and now grudgingly admit also that perhaps my two little angels may even on some occasions have pretended to brush their little molars to avoid being late for school or making me late for work.Whose fault? Mine entirely as I shouldn't try to rush them to get ready in time, and by doing so have neglected my duty in ensuring they are healthy in all ways. Instead I should be organising my routine better.
But enough of the guilt trips I've laid on myself, time for action! First of all a trip to Boots was necessary for some dental supplies. On the advice of my dental nurse I purchased some new toothbrushes aimed at my children's age, (by letting them choose the colour/theme) and bought each of them their own tube of toothpaste. The last thing on my list was to purchase some disclosing tablets.Now we all must surely remember the days in school when the school dentist would visit and give each of us a small pink tablet which we would chew and then spit out, leaving our tongues, lips and teeth bright pink? Then we would brush away all that pink to reveal nice white teeth again. These tablets are exactly the same only now are a lovely shade if blue (somehow I couldn't see my son wanting to have a pink tongue)
Boots advanced disclosing tablets come in a pack of 12 and cost around £1.70 which may sound rather expensive especially when you have two children or more children to consider, but on the advice of the assistant in store these could be cut in half and so doubled the amount. I bought 2 packets so that I would have enough to last me a couple of weeks to give the children a good start. (watch out for special offers on these though as I suspect they would be on the 3 for 2 offers quite often)
They come in a blister pack similar to that of paracetamol, and so must be kept out of the reach of children as they could be taken for sweets as could any other tablet. They are recommended for use by children over the age of 6, this is because younger children may swallow them and this is not advised.
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