Advanced Dental Concepts offers tips and tricks to be a better brusher

Advanced Dental Concepts offers tips and tricks to be a better brusher

February is National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month, and for Advanced Dental Concepts that means it is time to stress the most fundamental aspect of strong oral hygiene – good brushing habits. 

Most people are familiar with the basics of tooth brushing; you use your brush and your paste to scrub all your teeth at least two times a day. However, having a more complete routine means protecting the long-term health of your teeth and gums to a greater and more thorough degree. Advanced Dental Concepts’ Hygienist Samantha Russell offered tips to help you and your children be better brushers 

Introduce children to brushing as early as possible 

Helping your children be better brushers starts from the day their first tooth comes in, before they can even hold a brush on their own. 

“Getting kids started as soon as they have teeth in their mouth, or even before, is always best,” Russell said. “There are finger coverings you can purchase that have little nubs on the end. You can put edible toothpaste on that and brush their teeth and gums to get them used to having something in their mouth so that they’ll be more comfortable using a brush later on.” 

Find ways to make brushing fun 

From themed toothbrushes and flavored paste to mobile apps and electric brushes, there are many methods to get your children more engaged with their oral hygiene. 

“Anything you can do to make the routine a little more fun is going to help,” Russell said. “You don’t even need an electric brush to use some of these apps. Just a regular brush will work.” 

Brush in circles, for about two minutes each time 

When you brush, simply scrubbing side to side will not remove food and plaque as effectively as moving your brush in small circles over each surface of every tooth. An electric toothbrush will make the circles for you, but doing it manually is effective as well. 

“With each circle, you’re sweeping the gum line and the top of the tooth,” Russell said. “I always tell kids and their parents that you should count out two or three small circles on every tooth, inside and outside – and don’t forget to brush your tongue.” 

Do not use “medium” or “hard” bristled brushes 

When choosing your brush always pick one with soft or extra-soft bristles, never medium or hard. 

“Anything over soft is too much abrasiveness,” Russell said. “You’ll wear your gums down over time and even grind grooves into your teeth. Medium and hard bristles are just way too firm for our oral health – but they might be good for cleaning your floor tiles!” 

Pick the right paste for your needs 

As soon as your child can spit after brushing, they should switch to a fluoride toothpaste, which most brands’ “regular” variant will include. For individuals with more advanced oral health needs, such as sensitive gums or periodontal disease, there are many specific types of paste available. Consulting with your dentist will help you make the right choice. 

“Even if all you want to do is promote tooth whitening because you’re a big coffee or tea drinker, there are pastes for that,” Russell said. “Others are really good for helping with gum problems. It all depends on what’s in the active ingredients.” 

Floss at least once a day 

Brushing is essential, but even the best brushes cannot reach the tight surfaces between your teeth – but floss can. Introduce your children to flossing early to build up the habit and protect their teeth and gums. 

“Sometimes parents just don’t think about flossing,” Russell said. “What I usually recommend is buying packs of the pre-threaded flossers. They come in all kinds of themes with handles in shapes like monkeys and dinosaurs. They already have a taut thread, so kids can just hold the handle and floss.” 

Taking these tips and forming positive habits will protect your oral health, and make future visits to the dentist much simpler. To learn more about Advanced Dental Concepts, visit