Rogers Center for Dentistry
on July 25, 2018 , Comments Off on Tips for Teaching your Kids how to Properly Brush their Teeth
Rogers Center for Dentistry
on March 16, 2016 , Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Remember to Floss
When it comes time to teach your kids how to brush their teeth on their own you will want to make sure they are doing it properly. Improper brushing habits or technique can lead to some nasty cavities. While your child is getting their bi-annual cleaning at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, ask your dentist for some tips for proper brushing. Below are some tips to help teach your child how to brush their teeth on their own.
Make it Part of the Routine
Have your child brush his/her teeth at the same times each day. Attach it to other normal tasks like, brushing right before pajamas come off in the morning and as soon as they go on in the evening. Developing the habit of brushing their teeth is important to combat against cavities. This will also give them the practice they need in order to brush properly.
Lead by Example
Your kids will be more willing to brush their teeth properly if they see you doing it as well. Have them observe and brush their teeth with you each morning and night so they can see how it is done. Soon they will be able to go and brush their teeth on their own.
The 2x2min Rule
The common rule to brushing your teeth properly is the 2×2 rule, which means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Get them in the habit of thoroughly brushing their teeth each morning and night for at least two minutes. Purchase a 2 minute timer or sing a fun song to help them keep track of how long they are brushing.
Show them how to start the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line, then clean the front (and back) of each tooth with short, round strokes. Brush the biting/chewing surface of each tooth with short, sweeping strokes. It is also good practice to brush the tongue to remove germs and improve bad breath. Stress the importance of spitting out the remaining toothpaste when finished. Tell them that even though the paste still tastes fruity-yummy, it is now yucky from cleaning off the teeth and needs to go down the drain.
For more brushing techniques make sure you ask your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork at your next dental appointment.
Flossing is extremely important when it comes to your overall dental health. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth where it is hard to reach with your toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day. Dr. Rogers is a dentist in Spanish Fork Utah who feels very strongly about his patients flossing everyday. Let’s face it though; we aren’t always the best at flossing everyday. We thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of creative tips to help all of us remember to floss.
1. We are a lot less likely to skip brushing our teeth. Our first tip is to tie some floss around your toothbrush. You will see it every time you brush and it will be an immediate reminder. You can do the same with your mouthwash bottle as well as a tongue brush if you use one. Seeing the floss on your toothbrush, mouthwash and tongue brush will be a great reminder to take the extra 1-2 minutes to floss and remove the plaque build up.
2. Set a daily reminder on your phone. There is probably nothing more inseparable from us than our phones. You always have your phone with you so why not use it to help you remember to floss everyday? Set a reminder alert on your calendar app or set a daily alarm at around the time you usually brush your teeth at night. Most of us have different brushing times on the weekend vs the week day so set your alarm times accordingly and before long this alarm may help you form a lifelong habit of daily flossing.
3. Post reminders. The best place would be on your mirror but you may find that your tired and dreary eyes ignore that area of the mirror, as they just want to shut and go to sleep. This may be a little bit gross, but if you’re really struggling with your flossing you might want to tape a picture of a mouth with major tooth decay as motivation. That might get those eyes to open wide for another few minutes.
4. Floss in the shower or bath. Who said you had to floss at night, right before bed? Not this Spanish Fork dentist! If you are struggling to floss on a daily basis, try combining it with your daily shower or bath. Just keep the floss somewhere where you’ll see it and pretty soon it will become a new part of our showering or bathing routine.
5. Track your flossing and reward yourself. Set a goal to floss one week straight and then find something fun to reward your self with. Then up the goal to 30 straight days with a bigger reward. Our guess is that once you get to 30 straight days, the habit will be strongly formed and you’ll never look back.
We hope these tips help you improve your flossing habits. We have seen far too many patients who haven’t been flossing and end up paying for it with tartar buildup and cavities. Make it a daily habit.