Caring for teeth and gums is equally important at every stage of your life.
Let’s start with effective oral hygiene instructions for adults with a few simple steps:
- Brushing. To get the best oral hygiene results from toothbrushing, use an electric toothbrush. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short, circular strokes to move the brush over each tooth. Be sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, including the front and back sides of all your upper and lower teeth. Also, gently brush your tongue. Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Clean between your teeth. Flossing is one method that helps maintain oral hygiene by removing bacteria from areas between the teeth that are hard to reach by brushing alone. To floss your teeth, start with an 18-inch piece of floss, and wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap a small amount around the middle finger of the other hand. Move the floss carefully up and down between each tooth, and make a C-shape with the floss as you reach the gum line. As you move from tooth to tooth, unwind new floss from one hand and wind the used floss onto the other hand.
- Rinsing with Mouthwash. Rinsing with a mouthwash can get to places that your toothbrush and even the deep cleaning of floss can miss. In addition, a mouthwash such as Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced strengthens enamel, prevents cavities, and kills bad breath bacteria.
These are the bare essentials for maintaining oral hygiene, but the oral care products you choose can make a big difference in the health of your teeth and gums. Here’s just one collection of products from Crest® PRO-HEALTH® that can help improve your oral health: Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced Toothpaste fights plaque and gingivitis; Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced Mouthwash strengthens enamel for a healthier mouth; and the Oral-B® PRO-HEALTH® All-In-One Toothbrush removes plaque and reduces gingivitis. Use them to help advance to a healthier, stronger, cleaner mouth from Day 1.†
† With continued use use vs. brushing alone with ordinary toothpaste. Starts fighting plaque from day 1.
Good Oral Hygiene Habits Should Start Early
It’s never too early to start focusing on the importance of brushing teeth for kids. While some parents don’t make it a priority at an early age because kids’ teeth aren’t permanent, the earlier you can teach your kids how to brush their teeth, the sooner it will become a long-term habit.
Focus on oral hygiene for kids at an early age and follow these tips:
- You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth arrives.
- Infant toothbrushes are gentle and make brushing babies’ teeth easy and painless. (They also come in kid-friendly designs, colors, and shapes.)
- At age 2 years and above, begin using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day to strengthen their teeth and begin to show them how to brush their own teeth.
- Let your kids watch you and other family members brush their teeth. This will reinforce the importance of brushing their teeth.
Make Simple Changes Today for a Healthier Mouth in the Future
When it comes to healthy aging, a preventive approach is the key to success. Neglecting your dental health as you age can have serious consequences, including premature aging of the smile (gum recession and/or tooth discoloration) and the need for extensive and expensive corrective procedures. The good news is that if you follow the simple preventive habits listed above earlier in life, it can help avoid these consequences. Regardless of your age, see your dentist and hygienist twice each year and make time for a complete oral health care routine every day so that your smile is healthy well into your golden years.