Do you take time to brush your teeth each day? If so, do you complete this task properly? In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists will discuss how to properly cleaning your teeth from home, and the benefits this offers for your teeth and gums. We will also look at the importance of having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
Choosing Your Toothbrush
What kind of toothbrush should you use? You can choose electric or manual, just as long as the option you choose allows you to care for your smile each day. However, we do suggest making sure they contain soft bristles. If you clean your teeth too rough with medium or hard bristles, you risk damaging the protective layer of outer enamel over time, or irritating the gums and causing them to begin receding. For children, make sure they have an option appropriate for their age and dexterity. Toddlers may need your assistance!
Cleaning Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth when you wake up and once again before bed, this goes for adults and kids alike. Each session should take at least two minutes to ensure you’re properly reaching every available surface for several seconds. Make sure the toothpaste you use contains fluoride. You can look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. For teens and adults, use a pea-sized bit of toothpaste. Children and toddlers should use a rice-sized bit.
Don’t Forget About Flossing
Flossing is also essential, as this reaches and removes the bits of food that could be beyond the reach of a toothbrush’s bristles. You should take an 18-to-20-inch piece of floss tape and wrap each end around your thumbs. Hold it taut with your index fingers, and then move the tape up and down each side of every tooth. Dip below the gum line in a “c” motion when you do. These removes the bits caught between teeth or in the gum line. Do this every evening before bed. Children may have a easier time using a floss pick.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Every six months, consider seeing us for a checkup and cleaning! We will look for possible trouble areas and treat them before complications arise. In addition, we will clean the teeth, removing all plaque and tartar to prevent cavities and gum disease. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Teeth Clean?
We would like to help you take better care of your smile, even from home. For more information on our general and preventive treatment options, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.