How to Brush Your Teeth Depending on Your Age

How to Brush Your Teeth Depending on Your Age

Posted by ALLURE DENTAL CARE OF MAPLE LAWN on Mar 10 2022, 01:33 AM

How to Brush Your Teeth Depending on Your Age

When you don’t brush your teeth regularly, food and plaque form a white sticky layer that sticks to the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that attacks and corrodes your tooth enamel, eventually resulting in cavities. Plaque deposits can also harden into tartar, leading to periodontal disease.

In this article, our team at Allure Dental in Fulton, Maryland, shares expert advice on healthy brushing routines depending on your age.

American Dental Association Guidelines

The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes each time for optimal dental care.

According to studies, the more time you spend brushing, the more you increase the chances of effectively removing plaque. 

Below are a few general tips for brushing depending on age:

Brushing for Infants

Before an infant’s teeth emerge, you should wipe his or her gums regularly. You can use special dental hygiene wipes to prevent oral thrush that can cause irritation and white patches in the mouth or a clean piece of cloth.

Once the baby’s teeth have erupted, you should brush them at least once a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also start flossing your child’s teeth from the age of three.

Brushing for Children and Adolescents

Tooth decay is more common among children and adolescents as they prefer sugary drinks and junk foods and snacks. However, setting the basis for a proper dental routine at home at a young age can prevent serious dental issues. 

As soon as your child can brush and floss alone, you should encourage them to do so regularly (twice a day) and also floss once per day. 

Brushing for Adults

Adults should brush as per the ADA guidelines mentioned above and floss at least once a day. Choose a manual or an electric brush for your brushing routine and make sure the bristles aren’t too hard.

Brushing for the Middle Aged 

At this age, many patients start noticing the breakdown of old fillings and signs of gum disease if they haven’t followed a proper dental care routine up to this point. 

Adults should brush at least twice a day and not forget to floss. They can also use mouthwash for additional care.

Brushing for the Elderly

At this age, various dental issues may occur, including tooth loss. Visit your dentist regularly and, if brushing gets too difficult, opt for an electric brush that is easier to use.

To learn more about how to brush your teeth according to your age, call Allure Dental at (240) 456-0717 or visit us at 8170 Maple Lawn Blvd Suite 150, Fulton, MD 20759.

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