At Paramount Dental Arts, we encourage every patient to take control of their oral health. To this end, we provide home-care instructions at each visit.
When it comes to toothbrushing techniques, some patients have room for improvement. Many patients try to hurry the process of cleaning their teeth and miss food and plaque that can cause problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
This blog will describe proper toothbrushing techniques and tips for improving your home oral care routine.
Toothbrushing may seem like a quick chore that you can accomplish in less than a minute, but taking your time to clean every surface thoroughly can reduce your chance of developing future dental problems.
Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums gently move the brush in a circular motion. Be sure to pay equal attention to all surfaces of your teeth (inner, outer, and chewing) and repeat three times on all the surfaces for best results.
Brush for a full two minutes. Set a timer on your phone if it helps you remember to brush for the full recommended time.
Recommendations By Age Group
Before the first tooth erupts, allow your baby to become accustomed to oral care by gently rubbing their gums with a clean, damp baby washcloth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's recommendations for infant toothbrushing has changed recently with the addition of fluoride toothpaste. After the first tooth appears, use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush.
Children over age one need instruction and supervision to care for their teeth. Children should brush at least twice daily, using an age-appropriate fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush. A toothbrush timer can help children remember to brush for two minutes. Children should begin flossing when the teeth start to meet.
Teens and Adults
Teens and adults need to ensure that they brush and floss thoroughly. Many people rush through their oral care routine in a hurry.
Many older adults have problems with gum disease and tooth decay. They may have trouble adhering to a healthy oral care routine. Older adults with periodontal disease may need to see the dentist more frequently for deep cleaning and periodontal maintenance.
Tips for Protecting Your Oral Health
Maintain a Regular Dental Visit Schedule
Dental cleanings and exams every six months are the best ways to protect oral health. Your hygienist will be able to tell whether you brush correctly and give you important tips on improving your technique.
Brush and Floss Consistently
Once you have established a healthy oral care routine, follow it faithfully. Consistent oral care is most likely to produce positive results.
Use an Electric Toothbrush If Possible
Electric toothbrushes more effectively remove plaque and food particles if used properly. However, you will still need to ensure you follow the above recommendations, brushing for a full two minutes and cleaning all tooth surfaces.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride toothpaste is safe and effective. It can remineralize enamel and prevent many cavities from forming.
Call Paramount Dental Arts
Proper toothbrushing is a must for every family member. Improving your home oral care routine can boost your oral health, helping to prevent future problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you need advanced family dental care with a personal touch, please call our Clifton, NJ, office at 973-777-1772. We can schedule an appointment for you to meet Dr. Schild and receive personalized home care recommendations to protect your oral health.