We all need to brush our teeth each and every day, but if we do so incorrectly, then despite these actions cavities and periodontal issues could still develop. Which is why our Cleveland, TX, dentist wants to make sure you and your family know how to properly brush your teeth, and that you understand why these actions matter!
Picking Your Toothbrush
There are so many options to choose from! First, you can go with a manual or electric one, just as long as you’re using them to brush properly. We do recommend soft bristles, as people who cleans too hard with medium or hard bristles risk enamel damage or gum recession. Select one that is age appropriate. Teens and adults can use regular ones, while kids and toddlers need ones that are smaller and right for their dexterity limits.
Your toothpaste matters! Don’t just go for the ones with whitening capabilities, as these often contain abrasive agents that could inadvertently weaken outer enamel. Instead, make sure they contain fluoride. This is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen the outer enamel and lower the risk of cavities. That’s why so many communities have added fluoride to the drinking water. Look for fluoride on the labeling, or for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Kids also need this, with children three and younger using a rice-sized bit, and kids over the age of three using a pea-sized amount.
Reaching Every Surface
Approach your teeth at a 45-degree angle to clean the tops and sides, and use circular motions to clean the front facing teeth. You should do this first thing in the morning and then again at night for two minutes each session. Children should start cleaning, or having their teeth cleaned, as soon as the first baby teeth erupt. You also need to floss every evening too!
Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential for controlling plaque buildup and limiting the risk of cavities and gum disease. But you also need to see us every six months for a dental cleaning, in which we remove all plaque and tartar and then polish the teeth. This is essential for bright and healthy smiles. If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, or about the benefits of visits every six months, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Oral Hygiene Questions?
Routine oral care habits help fight tooth decay and more. If you have any questions about caring for your smiles from home, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.