It seems like these days you can’t tell teenagers to do anything — because they know everything! That doesn’t mean you should give up, but it may mean a more concerted effort on the part of the parent. That still includes something like brushing their teeth! Don’t nag them to death, just explain it to them clearly and let them adopt and apply the process for themselves, which will more likely stick with them for the long term. Here’s some tips to get you started.
Clean your teeth surfaces by brushing. In order to clean the teeth effectively, you have to thoroughly remove the dental plaque that adheres on the tooth surface — an accumulation of this will cause tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth brushing can remove plaque on tooth surfaces and should be brushed in the morning and before bed at night, every single day. Thorough removal of plaque can prevent gum disease.
Place the toothbrush at an angle towards the gum margin — the toothbrush head should be placed with the tips of the bristles tilted at an angle towards the gingival sulcus which is located at the gum margin, and where plaque tends to accumulate.
Brush your teeth systematically — brush the outer surfaces of the lower teeth. The toothbrush head should be placed with the tips of the bristles tilted at an angle towards the gingival margin. Gently move the toothbrush in small scrubbing motions, working on two to three teeth at one time, then brush the inner surfaces of teeth in the same way as brushing the outer surfaces. When we brush the inner surfaces of front teeth, we should hold the toothbrush upright using gentle motion brushing from the gingival margin towards the crowns of the teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with the toothbrush moving backward and forward and finally, brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth in the same way as the lower one.
|Even if you have grasped the tooth brushing technique, it is important to use an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. Tooth brushing cannot remove plaque from the adjacent tooth surfaces, they have to be cleaned by dental floss, floss holder or interdental brush. The order of brushing and flossing does not affect the effectiveness of tooth cleaning, as long as you do these jobs thoroughly, you can achieve satisfactory results.|