The Low Down on Brushing Your Teeth

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  • Brushing should start as soon as the first deciduous tooth erupts.
  • Brushing should occur twice daily – clean teeth last thing at night before bed and at least one other time each day.
  • Children under 3 years should use a toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride.
  • Children under 3 years should use no more than a smear of toothpaste (a thin film of paste covering less than three-quarters of the brush) and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.
  • Family fluoride toothpaste (1,350–1,500 ppm fluoride) is indicated for maximum caries control for all children except those who cannot be prevented from eating toothpaste. Adult supervision is essential to prevent children using too much toothpaste.
  • Children between 3 and 6 years should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least 7 years of age and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.

It Doesn’t stop there…

  • Rinsing with lots of water after brushing should be discouraged – spitting out excess toothpaste is preferable.
  • A systematic approach to brushing should be adopted to clean all tooth surfaces. No particular technique has been shown to be better than another.
  • Disclosing tablets can help to indicate areas that are being missed.
  • Brushing is more effective with a small-headed toothbrush with soft (ISO 8627:1987 standard 1–3), round-ended filaments, a compact, angled arrangement of long and short filaments and a handle which is comfortable.
  • Powered brushes with an oscillating/ rotating action remove plaque more effectively and studies show they reduce gingivitis when used for over 3 months. No other powered designs were as consistently superior to manual brushes

To book a appointment with your family friendly dental practice in Lymm Warringtonplease call 01925 758 616

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