Here are some practical and useful hints and facts about oral hygiene that you may have pondered at some stage in your life.
In this age when we are more aware than ever about maintaining a healthy diet and body fitness routine, remember to also give some serious attention to the health and fitness of your mouth. Read on for toothpaste tips and a battle plan for bad breath!
How much toothpaste should I put on the toothbrush?
A pea sized amount is all you need, and for children under 6, just a smear of toothpaste on the brush is plenty. The rationale behind this is if you put a huge caterpillar amount of toothpaste on your brush then your mouth will be frothy full of toothpaste in about 20 seconds flat, and you will be tempted to swish and spit before you have actually finished brushing thoroughly.
How many minutes should I brush my teeth for?
2-3 minutes at least twice a day depending on how many teeth you have. Parents should brush children’s teeth at least once a day until 10 years of age minimum. (eg child can brush in mornings and parents brush at night). Until age 10, children lack the manual dexterity needed to brush effectively.
How often should I floss my teeth?
Daily, or after each meal if you are having orthodontic treatment or Invisalign to straighten teeth.
A wise person once said
“you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep!”
How much floss to use?
Approximately 30cm – you need to able to wrap it around your fingers.
Soft, medium or hard toothbrush?
Only soft always. Hard and medium brushes will strip away tooth enamel.
Hard toothbrushes are useful for cleaning tile grout in the shower not teeth!
Electric or manual toothbrushes?
Either is OK but if you are consistently getting gingivitis (bleeding gums), try switching to an electric toothbrush. Hint; put the electric toothbrush in your mouth before turning it on or you will have toothpaste snow all over your bathroom!
How often do I replace my toothbrush?
Every season ie. summer, autumn, winter, spring.
What can I do about bad breath?
First try flossing out any bits of food stuck between your teeth, get your gingivitis (bleeding gums) treated, get any decayed teeth sorted, drink more water, and remember to brush your tongue!