It’s important to understand what we are actually trying to do when we brush our teeth.
The aim is to clean the teeth and gums – it is especially important to clean at the edge of the gum and between the teeth.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste – this strengthens tooth enamel so it’s more resistant to attack.
- Start from an early age – begin gum rubbing when they are babies.
- Get into a regular habit of brushing twice a day – night and morning.
- With a young child, rest their head backwards in the crook of your arm – this steadies their head and allows a more controlled job to be done.
- Use a small headed toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and work your way gently but firmly around the outside and inside of their top and bottom teeth.
- Ask them to spit out, but DON’T RINSE! We want the funky chemistry of the toothpaste to stay on the teeth and do its job!
Water fluoridation is a very effective and safe health measure. All our drinking water naturally contains some fluoride (some higher than ideal), but not every area has an adjusted level of fluoride in the water supply.