Besides seeing your dentist regularly, properly brushing your teeth at home is the most important thing you can do for your oral health.
Why? Perhaps the most important reason is that poor oral health can lead to many health problems throughout the rest of your body.
Fun fact: The toothbrush has been around since ancient times. People were resourceful, using wood or whatever material they had on hand to form a handle. The nylon-bristled brush most of us use today appeared in 1938.
Top Brushing Tips
1) Consider your baby’s oral health and decide when to introduce the toothbrush. You can start with a small amount of baby tooth gel on your fingertip to familiarize them with the sensation. Visit a dentist by the first tooth or first birthday, whichever comes first.
2) Teach young children the proper brushing technique at home and see a dentist regularly. They can learn to floss too, as soon as they have two teeth that touch each other. By teaching children proper brushing tips, you can avoid costly visits to the pediatric dentist.
3) Everyone should brush for two minutes twice a day. Introduce your children to the habit early by making brushing and flossing fun. Start a routine and set a good example.
4) Get a new brush after three or four months. Replace it sooner if the bristles are extremely frayed or if you’ve been sick.
5) Choosing a manual or an electric toothbrush is a matter of personal preference. While each has its pros and cons (primarily related to convenience and cost), the experts agree that the brushes do the job equally well, provided you use the proper brushing technique. Decide for yourself by testing different types. For instance, you may or may not like the electric toothbrush’s vibrations. When choosing a manual brush, dentists usually recommend soft bristles for comfort.
At North Coast Dental Excellence, we provide the best professional care for patients of every age. Contact us today for a free consultation or to schedule dental services.