Tooth Brushing and FlossingYour teeth can last a lifetime if you care for them properly. But caring for them must start early on and parents have a special role in caring for their child’s teeth. Teaching kids at an early age about the importance of oral health is not only
When to start:
As soon as teeth emerge on infants, parents can clean them with soft washcloth or gauze. As they get older, baby toothbrush may be used with a dab of toothpaste.
Parents can start training their kids to brush by age two. Remember that children’s mouth and hands are small so it is important to use brushes that are made especially for them. Dentists recommend using soft-bristle toothbrush and brushing using short, gentle, and back and forth strokes. While the kids are still learning how to brush properly, parents should guide them properly. In some instances, parents may need to clean the part their child missed.
The right way to brush
Did you know that proper brushing takes at least 120 seconds? Toothbrush must be at a forty-five (45) degree angle against the gum line then brush away gently from the gum line. The outer surfaces must be brushed before the inner surfaces. Attend to the upper teeth before brushing the lower teeth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue as well and all the chewing surfaces.
Because gums are sensitive and must be treated gently, using a soft-bristled brush is what dentists’ recommend. A brush with small head is also better at cleaning hard to reach surfaces like the back teeth. Choosing the right toothpaste depends on the individual’s situation. There are many types of toothpastes in the market today that offer to address many dental conditions. Your dentist can help you choose the proper toothpaste and toothbrush based on gum sensitivity and overall oral condition.
Ideally, a toothbrush must be replaced every three months.
Flossing gives your teeth and gums extra cleaning and can be done twice daily or depending on what your dentist recommends. Like brushing, you should also be gentle with your gums when flossing. There are many types of floss available so you can find the right type for your condition in no time.
While still training your children on the proper way of brushing and introducing a daily routine, it would help to use some creativity to make them look forward to this activity. Parents may use colorful toothbrushes and toothpaste. If your children are close in ages, you may choose a certain time for them to brush at the same time.