The American Dental Association recommends that everyone should floss at least once a day. Though, most Americans do not floss because they don’t understand the benefits that flossing offers. Flossing and brushing are not the same; brushing cleans the outer and top surfaces of the teeth and gums. Flossing, however, cleans the narrow spaces between the teeth and gums. Although antimicrobial mouthwash eliminates bacteria between the teeth, it will not remove the bits of food and tartar that lodge in between each tooth.
Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”
If your child has the bad habit of not brushing often enough or long enough, you know that there are going to be problems down the line. In addition to flossing on a daily basis, your child should brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes every time. That means devoting at least a minute to the top and a minute to the bottom, thoroughly brushing every surface to ensure the teeth are cleaned well. It’s also essential that your child knows the proper method to brush teeth. Strokes should be short, moving back and forth across every surface, using the tip to get in hard to reach places, such as behind teeth that are in the front. If your child doesn’t brush long enough, bacteria can continue to breed, leading to gum disease. Accumulating debris can cause decay and excess plaque can actually lead to heart problems in the future.