Correct and consistent teeth brushing is the most essential activity for maintaining the health and appearance of your teeth. This will also help prevent harmful gum diseases such as gingivitis, which leads to a painful inflammation of the gums.
Are you sure you know how to brush your teeth properly? Ideally, you should be spending time brushing each section of your mouth. These include the upper right, lower right, upper left, and lower left sections of your teeth, spending around thirty seconds on each. All together, this should equal roughly two minutes in total, and should be done twice a day; once in the morning, and once right before bed.
Be sure to use fluoride-based toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Your toothbrush should be replaced once every three months, because frayed toothbrushes can cause damage to your gums. The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth.
People often brush their teeth too quickly and roughly, moving back and forth along their teeth. They wrongly believe that the harder and faster they brush, they cleaner their teeth will be in a shorter amount of time. This is the wrong way to brush, as it will lead to the erosion of your tooth enamel, which is a precious outer layer that protects your teeth. Damaging your tooth enamel can lead to premature tooth aging. This also misses those spaces between your teeth, where food can get stuck and plaque can build up. This kind of faulty brushing can also be detrimental to your gums.
Children should learn these same techniques as well, but remember that they should use only a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, no bigger than a grain of rice. After age six, they can use more. Be sure that their toothbrushes are replaced regularly, and that they are using soft-bristled children’s toothbrushes. Be sure to reach all areas of their mouth.
When teaching your children how to brush their teeth, there are some important techniques you should help them remember.
At Comfort Care Dental, your teeth are our top priority. Be sure you know how to brush your teeth correctly, and remember to teach your children proper brushing techniques as well.
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