Brushing two times a day is necessary for optimal health. Two minutes is the ideal time to brush, and you should divide this time equally for the four sides of your mouth. Flossing should be done daily to remove the plaque from in between your teeth.
If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing it is a sign of gingivitis. This is the first sign of gum disease, and occurs because your gums are reacting to the bacteria around them. Over time, this can progress to periodontal disease if not treated. Treatment for gingivitis varies, but usually your regular cleaning, followed by home-care is all you need. Call or stop in to hear more or schedule an appointment to get your dental cleaning by us today, your local Boca Raton dentist!
We see kids 5 and over. For kids you want to make their first dental visit at age 2. By age two they should be ready for their first dental cleaning, since all their baby teeth should be in. It is important kids get their teeth cleaned every six months. Kids 2 and under should use a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Around age 3, when they are able to rinse and spit you can use a tooth paste that contains fluoride. You want to start good habits early on, to build a lifetime of good oral health. Make sure you brush your kids teeth yourself, until they have the manual dexterity to brush well. Kids should brush twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. A visit twice a year to a dentist is also recommended for kids for their dental cleanings and check up.