Dental Tips Blog

May
25

Child-Friendly Toothbrushes

How do you make sure that your child has a healthy smile that will last them for years to come? One way is by getting them started off with the right kind of toothbrush.

Why Kids Don’t Like Brushing

Some children do just fine with remembering to brush their teeth. Or at least, they cooperate with mom or dad’s efforts to help. Others are more resistant because it makes them gag or simply because they’re bored.

It’s important to make kids feel comfortable and engaged in such an important activity as tooth-brushing.

Here’s are some things you can do to help:

Choose a Fun Toothbrush

Get your child involved in picking out a toothbrush he or she will actually use. Kids’ brushes come in a variety of colors and designs with familiar cartoon characters printed on them. Some have lights, songs, and other bells and whistles that make brushing a fun job.

Switch Out the Brush Regularly

For a healthy smile and body, your child needs a new toothbrush every few months. Old brushes harbor germs from previous infections. They might even pick up some icky debris from the bathroom. Pick out a new toothbrush at each dental visit. Or as mentioned before, bring your kid along to help shop for a new one.

Go for the Small Brush Head

When it comes to kids’ mouths, the smaller the toothbrush head, the better. This will make it easier to maneuver around all those tiny teeth for maximum plaque-removal with minimal gagging.

For more tips on safe and effective brushing, talk with your children’s dentist or dental hygienist. They can show you a few tricks to mage age-appropriate brushing easier than ever.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Jul
31

Replace Your Toothbrush – Why and When

We’ve heard that we should be replacing our toothbrushes on a regular basis. Are you doing it regularly enough, though?

It’s true that your toothbrush is your own business. But there are good reasons why you should keep it fresh!

Keep the Germ Count Down

Change out your toothbrush after a bout of sickness. Some bacteria and viruses can stick around on the damp bristles of a toothbrush and potentially reinfect you. This is particularly true in the case of cold sores.

Think, too, about where you keep your toothbrush.

Most folks keep their toothbrushes in the bathroom. When the toilet flushes, bacteria and debris are suspended in the tiny droplets that are released. These droplets can land on any object within reach – including (eek!) your toothbrush!

Replacing your toothbrush from time to time will help you keep all those nasty germs from accumulating on your brush…and setting up camp in your mouth.

Keep Your Brushing Effective

The bristles on a toothbrush are designed to gently slip just below the gum line around teeth. This helps dislodge bacteria that hide underneath. Each of the bristles also helps scrub away stain and food buildup while loosening debris that gets stuck in the grooves of teeth.

When these bristles splay, you no longer have that original scrubbing power. Instead of loosening plaque, the flattened bristles will just kind of push it around. You won’t be able to keep the gum lines as clean.

Keep your smile healthy and beautiful by replacing your toothbrush, ideally, every 3-4 months.

Monitor your brush after a few months of use for signs of the bristles splaying. Talk with your hygienist at your local dental office to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Dec
29

3 Reasons A Soft Bristled Toothbrush is Best

Posted in Fillings

Does a soft toothbrush really clean your teeth? Why aren’t medium or hard bristled brushes better, since they seem to be better at actually removing buildup from your teeth? Every dentist and hygienist will tell his or her patient that a soft toothbrush is better, but why?

#1: A soft bristled toothbrush is less likely to cause enamel abrasion.

Enamel is the hardest thing in your mouth, but it’s not immune to abrasion. Hard brushing back and forth with a stiff bristled brush can actually cause tooth enamel to be worn away, exposing the internal layers of the tooth. These areas appear darker yellow and look like notches worn right into the teeth. They’re irreversible and can only be repaired through placing bonding or a tooth colored filling over the area.

#2: Gum recession is a common side effect from stiff brushes.

Your gum tissue will creep back away from the tooth if it is traumatized. Scrub brushing not only wears away enamel, it makes gums recede, exposing your roots and making teeth appear longer. Gum tissue does not grow back and only gum grafting can help recover the root areas once again with tissue.

#3: You’ll be able to reach around the curves of your teeth better.

Soft bristles will conform better to the shape of your teeth, because they bend and flex better. A brush made of stiff bristles will simply “jump over” the curved areas between teeth, preventing plaque from being brushed away.

It’s time to ditch the stiff toothbrush. While it will take some practice to get used to a soft brush, it will be worth it! Your teeth will be just as clean, if not cleaner, and you’ll be able to protect the tissues in your mouth from damage.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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