It’s important to start taking care of your teeth from an early age. Learning good oral hygiene habits as a child – from how to brush to flossing correctly, goes a long way!
Children should brush their teeth twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush. Don’t forget that their toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. If you notice any fraying or wearing out of the toothbrush head, you can replace it sooner!
Colgate’s Oral Care Centre recommends to the following tips to brush teeth:
- Use toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move in a back and forth motion, and repeat for each tooth.
- Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same back and forth motions.
- Brush the chewing surface (top) of each tooth.
- Use tip of brush to brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom and up and down strokes.
- Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odour-causing bacteria.
For flossing correctly, they recommend:
- Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser
- Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers
- Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.
For more Oral hygiene tips, book your dental appointment in Alliston, Ontario with Dr. Parekh and Associates.
– Dr. Parekh & Associates Team