From brushing too quickly to even forgetting about brushing altogether, many children often have a difficult time brushing their teeth. Now, you may think that taking care of your child’s dental health can be quite a chore, but at Arcadia Dental, we can assure you that it is not.

At Arcadia Dental, we have the expertise and capability to ensure that each dental visit is comfortable for your child; we have compiled several common tooth brushing mistakes that could cause dental problems, for your reading pleasure. So let’s find out what these mistakes are, and help your child avoid them, so that they are much less likely to develop dental problems in the future.

Using an old toothbrush and not changing it

According to the American Dental Association, the standard recommendation is to change one’s toothbrush every three to four months. There are two options on how you can make sure your child adheres to this time frame. First, get a calendar and color the dates (boxes) when it is time for your child to change his or her toothbrush. Try using different colors as they are more eye-catching. The second option is much easier.

When your child visits our Arcadia dental office, we will provide your child with a new toothbrush after his or her cleaning and examination appointment. Do remember that old toothbrushes can increase the risk of gum disease as it moves bacteria around the mouth.

Using an unsuitable toothbrush

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If your child is currently using a hard-bristled toothbrush, consider switching it to a soft-bristled toothbrush. The hard bristles may push the gums up and expose the tooth below the gum line. If it happens, your child will experience pain. What’s more, hard-bristled toothbrushes can wear away at the enamel of the tooth, and make the affected area vulnerable to decay.

Your child brushes too soon after eating

If your child has just eaten (whether breakfast, lunch or dinner), it is a good practice to wait at least 20 minutes before brushing. This allows the saliva in his or her mouth to “wash away” extra food. And to prevent extra bacteria from staying in the mouth overnight, you will want your child to brush their teeth closer to bedtime.

Your child forgets to rinse

Rinsing is a critical step that your child should not miss as it helps remove plaque after brushing. You can place small cups in the bathroom so it is easy for them to thoroughly rinse their mouth and eliminate any excess food particles from their mouths.

The toothbrush is stored incorrectly

Does your child place his or her toothbrush into a crowded drawer? If so, bacteria are allowed to grow. Hence, you should prevent that by thoroughly cleaning the toothbrush and place them in a clean cup that is not moist and damp. A quick recommendation is a medicine cabinet. Try it!

Using the wrong flavored toothpaste

As you already know, kids can be very picky eaters so they are pretty fussy when it comes to taste. Fortunately, toothpaste comes with many flavor options that are specifically made for kids. So if they dislike the taste of mint toothpaste, great alternatives include bubble gum and strawberry. Once you find the right flavor, you will hear no complaints from your child. When choosing toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride as it is an essential ingredient that prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

Refusing to brush their tongues

The tongue! A lot of kids hate brushing their tongue. But it’s time not to give in to them. Most of the time, they hate that gagging effect, so get them a tongue scraper to thoroughly clean the tongue. Bacteria found in the tongue can cause tooth decay and you certainly want to prevent any tooth decay issue for your kids.

If you want to learn more about dental mistakes for your kids or how we can help to improve the dental health for your kids at Arcadia Dental, feel free to contact us today.