How do you clean your teeth properly?

Posted 25th April 2016

You do it twice a day (don’t you?!) but do you really think about how to clean your teeth properly?

Following the recent news about the increase in children having to have some or even all of their teeth removed, we thought it was a good time to go over how to clean your teeth for both you and your family.

Luckily we’ve never seen any children at our Kenilworth practice who have needed all of their teeth taking out. We are really keen on prevention and follow the NHS guidelines of fluoride application on all kids teeth every 6 months that every dentist should be adhering to for children between the ages of 3-18.

For children who have had cavities we book them in for more frequent appointments, usually every three months, to apply the fluoride and check that diet and oral hygiene is being kept up.

Advice for teeth cleaning

We recommend an adult tooth paste for all children, and for young children to use a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Closely supervise those that are too young to spit out.

For both adults and children: use a dry toothbrush and dry toothpaste. After brushing for 2 minutes (most electric toothbrushes have timers, or keep a clock in the bathroom or use the stopwatch on your mobile phone), spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse it away. Leave a coating of the toothpaste on the teeth.

We hope this helps to keep all of the family’s teeth healthy.  Don’t forget if your kids are nervous about visiting the dentist, book an appointment during one of our Kids Days, where Pennington Bear will be on hand to make things fun and relaxed.