Caring for teeth and gums is equally important at every stage of your life.Let’s start with effective oral hygiene instructions for adults with a few simple steps: Brushing. To get the best oral hygiene results from toothbrushing, use an electric toothbrush. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short, circular strokes to move the brush over each tooth. Be sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, including the front and back sides of all your upper and lower teeth. Also, gently brush your tongue. Replace your toothbrush every three months.
You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth arrives.Infant toothbrushes are gentle and make brushing babies’ teeth easy and painless. (They also come in kid-friendly designs, colors, and shapes.) At age 2 years and above, begin using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day to strengthen their teeth and begin to show them how to brush their own teeth. Let your kids watch you and other family members brush their teeth. This will reinforce the importance of brushing their teeth. Make Simple Changes Today For A Healthier Mouth In The FutureWhen it comes to healthy aging, a preventive approach is the key to success. Neglecting your dental health as you age can have serious consequences, including premature aging of the smile (gum recession and/or tooth discoloration) and the need for extensive and expensive corrective procedures. The good news is that if you follow the simple preventive habits listed above earlier in life, it can help avoid these consequences.
Regardless of your age, see your dentist and hygienist twice each year and make time for a complete oral health care routine every day so that your smile is healthy well into your golden years.