It is important for parents to get in the habit of teaching their kids about their oral health as soon as they are born. A few days into the birth of your child you should start cleaning their gums with a gauze pad or a small wash cloth in order to start them off with proper oral health says the children dentist Washington DC. Brushing your teeth is of course an important part of your dental care routine. The ADA and every dentist will recommend that youbrush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. It is important that the size and shape of your brush fits in your mouth and allows you to reach areas easily. It is important to also learn to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or as soon as the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your mouth. Make sure to always get ADA accepted toothpaste with fluoride.
Just remember tooth brushing should be 2 minutes per day times two. You need to look for ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products. It is also important to know to clean between your teeth daily with floss and tooth decay causing bacteria can still linger between your teeth where the bristles cannot reach and that is why it is so important to also floss. It is important to help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth ad under the gum line. Eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks so that it allows you to brush your teeth twice a day and floss without panicking that you cant since you’ve had a snack. The proper tooth brushing technique includes placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently moving back and forth in short strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth and you can tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes in order to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth. Also remember to brush your tongue in order to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.