Tucson Premier Smiles encourages all patients to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Studies have shown that taking care of the oral cavity and engaging in good preventative measures keeps more than just the mouth healthy. Overall health is linked to oral health. Some health conditions are first noticed by your dentist as the effects are noticeable in the mouth.
Good oral hygiene should start as soon as a baby is born. Moist gauze should be used to clean the gums after feedings, and a soft toothbrush should be used as soon as the first tooth emerges. A baby’s first dental visit should be approximately six months after the first tooth (or about one year of age) and continue every six months afterward.
Teaching toddlers to brush and floss twice a day will establish a healthy routine that should last for the rest of their lives. Children’s toothbrushes should fit comfortably into the mouth and reach the back teeth easily. Fluoride toothpaste should be used, starting with a rice-sized dab and increasing to a pea-sized dab by 2 years old.
Adult toothbrushes should be small to medium with soft bristles. Floss sticks are readily available to make flossing easier for children and adults. All toothbrushes should be replaced every six months to prevent bacteria buildup. Professional cleanings are recommended every six months to remove stubborn plaque that simple brushing cannot remove.