It is all too often assumed that kids between the stages of elementary and middle are aware of their brushing habits. While children at these ages may be comfortable brushing their teeth, there is not always that 100% guarantee that it is done correctly. This sense of false confidence results in a parent’s lack of supervision in their dental routine and can cause a number of incorrect brushing techniques on the child’s behalf. We strive to educate both parent and child on the proper methods of brushing, flossing, and overall dental care. Here are some helpful brushing techniques that can improve your child’s dental health.
The 2-2 rule is fairly simple, and it is considered the minimum for brushing teeth. Twice a day, brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Once your child is following this schedule, consistently they should get a very nice clean.
Brush Plaque from the Gums
By using concentric circles be sure to brush plaque away from the gums. The circular motion pushes the plaque down and away from the gums while cleaning your teeth. If done correctly you’ll have both clean gums and teeth. Be careful not to skip this step as it is important!
Use the Right Tools
Even following a standard dental routine can be a troublesome procedure. In the bathroom, make sure your child has the right tools to keep their teeth and mouth clean. These tools include toothbrushes, floss, tongue scrapers, and even plaque removers. Also, you’ll want to keep an idea out for when to change toothbrushes, since bacteria can easily accumulate in the bristles. When it comes to floss, picking the right thickness to gauge the spaces between your teeth will work wonders. Oh, and try opting for toothpaste with fluoride, these brands of toothpaste help strengthen the teeth.
If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to bring your child into our pediatric dentistry near you. We’ll offer tips, consultations and ensure that your child’s perfect dental image is maintained. Book your next appointment online today!