Having a beautiful smile is on the top of a lot of adults’ priority lists, especially since it can help improve self-confidence and create a more youthful appearance. But having a beautiful smile as an adult starts with best practices in brushing and flossing in childhood.
If you’re an adult reading this, it’s never too late to incorporate these tips, and if you’re a parent reading this and want to ensure that your child has the best chance for a winning adult smile, it’s never too early to get them started on the right path to optimum oral health.
It’s common for many individuals to hold their toothbrush at an incorrect angle. For maximum efficiency in cleaning without concern for damage to the enamel of your teeth, it’s recommended that you hold your brush at a 45-degree angle. This concept can sometimes be difficult for children to understand, but our dental care team can make the learning experience fun and friendly for your child, so it becomes a part of their life-long oral health routine.
When you visit a store to purchase a toothbrush, you’re probably overwhelmed by the available selection. Instead of possibly making the wrong choice, our dentist and her associate can provide insight on which brush is best for your mouth and gums. In most cases, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be recommended, but this can vary based on any current oral health conditions that may require special care.
Even though you may think that brushing your teeth with the right brush and the right toothpaste is all that’s needed to maintain the freshness and health of your smile, flossing is an integral component that should never be ignored.
Many people skip flossing because it’s uncomfortable for them to reach certain teeth in their mouth. If you fall into this category, or you are concerned that your child might be skipping this critical step, we invite you to make an appointment today with one of our dentists near you to receive tips on which flossing technique and materials will make flossing easier and more effective for your particular needs.