The Best Way To Keep Your Mouth Healthy
- July 22, 2016
If you keep up with the changes and up to our website, then you may recall a news item from earlier this year.
Gentle Dental Care works with local day care directors in Plainville, CT, as a consultant regarding oral health. As part of this, our dentist office is available to handle dental emergencies, but we also visit with children to stress the importance of preventive dental care.
In addition to passing out oral hygiene items, we stress the need to develop good oral hygiene habits to parents and children.
Why do we do this? It’s because we would prefer that you keep your mouth free from tooth decay and gum disease.
We emphasize preventive care both in our office and in our community. As Dr. Peltzer said, “By working with these local day cares, we hope to start the children’s oral health care off on the right foot and make the community a healthier place.”
It Starts At Home
If you are a regular reader of our blog, then you know we repeat the importance of developing a good oral hygiene routine.
And we are going to keep doing so. Even if you already know what to do, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded.
It’s also true that many people think they are doing what they should, but may not be following the American Dental Association guidelines.
We want to review what you should do and offer a suggestion on how you and your children can stay on track.
First, make sure you have the right supplies on hand. Every member of your family should have his or her own soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not share toothbrushes.
You also should use a toothpaste with fluoride (look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance). Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For anyone 3 or older (including adults), this is plenty of toothpaste to clean your whole mouth.
Scrub your teeth on all sides twice per day, and brush for two minutes each time. You want to make sure you go over every part of your mouth and remove as much bacteria and plaque as you can.
Brush your tongue when you are finished. Remember to spit out the toothpaste, and rinse the residue from your toothbrush. You should replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
The ADA recommends flossing every day.
The key to using dental floss is to hug the floss around between all your teeth and under your gumline. Be sure to get behind your back teeth as well.
You will need about 18 inches of floss. You should wrap the ends around your middle fingers so you can wind and unwind the floss as needed so you will have a clean section to use between each tooth.
Hold about an inch of floss between your other fingers to work it between your teeth. Throw the floss away when you are finished.
For those of you who are more visual learners, here is a short video from the ADA that demonstrates how to floss correctly:
Flossing is difficult for some people. If you either can’t or won’t use dental floss, ask us how flossers or water flossers could be used to clean between your teeth and under your gumline.
Today, many people have smartphones, and it can be a tool to help you and your family maintain your oral hygiene.
You can use it to set daily reminders to brush and floss. You can use a timer to make sure you are brushing for two minutes at a time.
Or you can download an app to help your children (and you) brush and floss for the right amount of time. Yes, there really are apps for that, and many of them are free.
Brush DJ was created by the British Dental Association. Aquafresh created the Brush Time App, and Disney and Oral-B teamed up to create the Disney Magic Timer.
All of those apps and others are free in the Android and iTunes stores. (You will need to purchase special Oral-B products to activate the Disney app, however.)
This might be just the motivation you and your family need to keep brushing and flossing.
Don’t Forget The Dentist
The last step in preventive dental care is visiting our dentist office in Plainville, CT, a couple times each year. We will perform a professional dental cleaning and examine your mouth for any signs of cavities or gum disease.
Make appointment today by calling Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 or by filling out our online form.