Kids-health is a site packed with hints and tips to keep you and the family healthy.
Clean Your Teeth Properly
Now that you are old enough to brush your teeth on your own, are you doing it properly? Lots of kids hate brushing their teeth and only whizz the brush round their mouth for a few seconds, are you like that? If yes, the chances are, you are not getting rid of all the harmful tooth plaque that can damage them over time. Plaque is a white sticky coating on your teeth that builds up naturally due to the foods we eat. Regular brushing cleans it all off and leaves your teeth gleaming clean. Fluoride toothpaste is also extra special because it protects your teeth and will help prevent tooth rot.
One good way to test if your teeth are clean is to chew a disclosing tablet. These don’t taste of anything and they will show all the bits of your teeth that need a good brush. After chewing, give yourself a wide grin in the mirror. Don’t be scared if you look terrible like the picture below. The tablets are doing their job and now you can see the bits that need extra brushing care.
Cleaning All Around
- Start by using small circular brushing movements on your incisor teeth (the ones at the front), then move around to doing the outside of the molar teeth (the ones inside your cheeks). Spend some time brushing both sides of your mouth, don’t rush.
- Angle your toothbrush to clean the inside of your incisors – top and bottom. Then the insides of the molars on each side. Remember to get right to the back of your mouth, don’t neglect the back molars!
- Your brushing should last for at least 2 minutes! Get someone to time you as it’s longer than you think!
- Spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse your mouth. The fluoride in the toothpaste will continue to protect your teeth for a few hours. If you rinse your mouth it will be less effective.
- Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and always after eating sugary food or drinking sugary drinks.