You’re Never Too Old to Refresh Oral Hygiene Instructions

Apr 08, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

Not too old for dental hygiene instructionsMost of us learn to brush our teeth when we’re children, and most of us don’t think we need to learn it again. After all, it’s like tying your shoes or riding a bike, right? Once learned, it’s never forgotten.

Not so, says a recent study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. The study looked at college students aged 18-21, and found that a brief refresher on how to brush teeth led to significant improvements in the cleanliness of their teeth. This actually isn’t a surprise, and there are many reasons why most people would benefit from a reminder about how to brush their teeth.

You Never Learned It Right

Let’s face it, even the most loving parents aren’t always the best teachers. Many people don’t learn proper toothbrushing techniques during their youth because parents don’t do a good job teaching them.

Parents might not be good teachers, kids might not take the time to pay attention to the lesson, or maybe parents didn’t know themselves how to brush teeth. After all, your parents might have been first generation tooth brushers.

You Didn’t Prioritize Oral Hygiene

The use of college students for the study is a great choice, because this is the age when many people unlearn the lessons they took in as children, including oral hygiene. Many college students prioritize parties and studies and neglect hygiene of all sorts. Toothbrushing goes the way of regular showers and clean sheets. Without reinforcing them daily, the lessons of childhood can be lost.

You Acquired Bad Habits

Other times, you might know better, but you’ve started doing things the wrong way. One cause of this is that you’re making your oral hygiene “more efficient.” It’s natural for us to want to do things faster, and this is great for tying shoes or riding a bike, but if you’re not taking enough time brushing your teeth, you’re not getting them as clean. And that can lead to problems.

We Won’t Judge You

At a dental checkup, we can assess your oral hygiene habits and let you know how well you’re doing. This isn’t a moral judgment, it just lets us help you protect your teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease.

If it seems like you’re not adequately cleaning your teeth, we can instruct you on how to do a more thorough job.

Don’t put off your checkup any longer, especially if you’re experiencing red and swollen gums, deposits on your teeth, or brown or black spots on teeth. Please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment with a Grapevine dentist at Grapevine Dental Care.