We know, brushing twice a day, every day, can get boring. But we also know that brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most important things everyone can do to minimize the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. At our practice in Bryan, TX, we see first hand what happens when people neglect their teeth. So, to rejuvenate your brushing routine our team offers several tips to help make brushing more fun for both kids and adults.
Make it Special – Get a New Toothbrush
Have you been using the same toothbrush for months? Are the bristles broken and frayed and you feel your teeth just aren’t that clean after brushing. It’s probably time for a new toothbrush. Dentists recommend changing it every three months. And besides, it can just be fun to have a brand new toothbrush, especially for kids.
Why not pick a toothbrush you really like using. There are many styles available. Try one that’s the right size and design for your hand and mouth. Or try an electric toothbrush. Many people feel that electric toothbrushes clean better than the manual types.
For kids, take a trip to the store and have them pick out their own toothbrush. They come in so many styles and designs, so no matter your little one’s interests, you are sure to find a toothbrush they will love. Having your kid pick out their own toothbrush can help keep them engaged and more excited about brushing their teeth regularly.
Try a Dental App
This may be more for the kids, but adults might have fun trying a dental app, too. There are a variety of apps available that feature amazing graphics, songs and timers. Many show proper brushing techniques and include the option of choosing a special character. Here are a few of the most popular brushing apps:
- Disney Magic Timer – For the Disney or Marvel fan, this app lets you brush with your favorite characters.
- Toothsavers – To save the fairy tale kingdom in this game, brush your teeth twice a day for the required time.
- Brush DJ – Developed by a dentist, this app plays two minutes of music from your device, cloud or streaming service to help you brush for the recommended time.
Play a Tooth Brushing Video
You can find a variety of tooth brushing songs and videos on YouTube to make the chore more fun. The American Dental Association® has created this playlist of videos, featuring Sesame Street, Dudley the Dinosaur, Plants vs. Zombies, and many more that will be sure to liven up any brushing session.
Schedule a Checkup with Dr. Majors
Regular brushing and home care is the first step to keeping your smile healthy and free of tooth decay. We also encourage our patients to visit our Bryan, TX practice at least twice a year for thorough dental cleanings and exams. If it’s time for a dental checkup for you or your child, contact Major Smiles to schedule your appointment today!