BRUSH UP ON YOUR FAMILY'S ORAL CARE; ORAL-B ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE; Whether You're Teaching Your Toddler to Brush, or Want Information on Your Own Oral Care, Brush Up on Family Dental Habits with Some Expert Guidance
As adults, cleaning our teeth is so much a part of our everyday lives that many of us barely think about how we do it. It's usually something we do on autopilot when we're barely awake in the morning, then again as we're about to fall into bed, exhausted at the end of a long day. So, it's hardly surprising that the majority of us are stuck in a teeth-cleaning rut, buying the same old toothbrush year in, year out, and slipping into lazy habits.
According to Oral-B's Dental Ambassador Dr James Russell, "recent research suggests that many Brits don't even brush their teeth twice a day, and an alarming six per cent of men can go a whole week without giving their teeth a clean. When people do brush their teeth, they only spend an average of 42 seconds brushing, rather than the two minutes that dental professionals recommend."
And, the only outcome of that is a potential decline in your oral health, which could lead to problems later in life.
BRUSH UP ON YOUR BRUSHING
So, what can you do to ensure every member of your family gives their teeth the care they need? Firstly, it's important to start young, so establish the habit of brushing twice a day as soon as infants' teeth are through, after breakfast and before bed, using a soft bristle brush and toothpaste formulated for toddlers - the Oral-B Stages range is ideal, designed specifically for the changing needs of children up to 12 years of age. Don't forget to change the brush every three months, as you would (or at least, should!) for adults, too.
Children can graduate to a power toothbrush from about the age of four, when a 'character' brush such as the Oral-B Stages Power Brush with Disney Princesses or Pixar Cars (great stocking fillers) will encourage them to maintain their good habits - and the buzzing sensation should add the fun factor, too. It's important to supervise at least one brushing session each day, and the Oral-B Stages brush has an inbuilt EZTimer to help little ones know how long to keep going. But it's not just how long you brush for, but your technique that's important, too - check out our guide on the right to ensure you're using your power toothbrush properly.
YOU'VE GOT THE POWER
Why use a power brush? Independent research has shown that brushes with a rotation oscillation action remove more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes. For example, the Oral B Professional Care 500 Floss Action features four textured elements which have independent movement, allowing them to move 193% deeper in between teeth than a regular manual toothbrush. …