Pediatric Teeth Cleaning & Home Care
After the checkup part of your visit, it’s time to have your teeth cleaned. The dentist or a certified dental assistant will remove the plaque from your teeth with a rotating toothbrush. The next step is flossing. This process is done to make sure that the hard to reach plaques are removed between your teeth. The application of fluoride may be recommended to help harden your teeth and protect them from cavities. Fluoride may come in foam, solution, or paint.
Here are some home care tips on how to maintain strong and healthy teeth everyday:1. Floss And Brush Your Teeth
Start by flossing your teeth to remove food and plaque that are stuck between your teeth. Gently floss between your teeth with a floss wind to your index fingers. Loosen the stuck food particles by moving the floss upwards, downwards, and sideways.
Next, brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle using a soft toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste. Brush your teeth with a backward and forward circular motion. Make a light back and forth brushing motion, making sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth.
If you have any additional questions, please visit or call your dentist.2. Limit Acidic Drinks
The acidic drink is one of the culprits that softens and dissolves the minerals of the enamels of our teeth. These acidic drinks cause holes and cavities. Some examples of acidic drinks are soda, cordials, and fruit juices. Do not hold it inside your mouth longer than you need to. It is better to enjoy these drinks with a straw or with a quick sip and swallow. Experts recommend brushing your teeth, 30 minutes after consuming an acidic drink.3. The 2-Minute Rule
Clean your teeth thoroughly twice a day by brushing them for at least 2 minutes. Do this thorough cleaning before going to bed and once during the daytime. Remember to brush all surfaces of your teeth, inside, outside, and chewing surfaces. Play 2-minute music or set a timer as your guide for the right amount of time.4. Rinse Properly
Spit out the toothpaste after brushing. Do not rinse your mouth with water immediately to allow the concentrated fluoride to stay on your teeth longer. Rinsing with water will dilute it and decrease effectivity. Mouthwash can help protect your teeth and gums but using it straight after brushing your teeth removes the fluoride from the toothpaste left on your teeth. The best practice is using mouthwash at different times of the day like lunchtime. Be sure not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash.