After this lesson you will be able to:
- identify and recommend appropriate toothbrushes for individual needs
- demonstrate a selection of toothbrushes found in local stores
- explain the BASS tooth rushing technique
- effectively demonstrate effective plaque removal through toothbrushing
- compare a healthy vs an unhealthy mouth
Viewing & Reading Assignments
Preview the video: Mouth Healthy Moments: How to Brush Your Teeth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm9c5HAUBpY
Post what you do in your community to educate others about dental home maintenance such as Children's Dental Health Month in February in the beginning of this lesson. Reply to 2-3 peer discussion postings.
1. View Brushing video and reflect on your brushing routine
2. The next time you're out shopping, look at the toothbrush aisle and write down the many different varieties to choose from. It can take you a great deal of time if you're unsure of the most appropriate toothbrush that you and your family members need. For example, a child may need a smaller child size for best fit or after gum surgery you may need to maintain sensitive areas with an extra soft bristles and smaller attachment brushes to reach in between teeth. An electric toothbrush ais appropriate for people that have weaker hands or recommended by a dentist to improve home brushing.
3. Prepare a short Power Point slide presentation (4-6 slides) or a storyboard to share your findings with the class after compiling your list of various types of toothbrushes you find while shopping. Research and describe each purpose for the toothbrushes you've selected. This is your time to be creative and share a comment or experience for each slide. Don't forget to add pictures or cartoon drawings to your presentation for a personal touch.
Toothbrushes are most effective in plaque removal when they are replaced every 2-3 months or when bristles begin to show wear. In addition, it's best to dispose of your toothbrush after an illness such as a viral or bacterial infection to reduce re-contamination. Sharing of toothbrushes is not recommended.
- soft bristles
- appropriate size (child or adult)
- standard or electric
- post-surgical brush accessories
- denture brushes
- disposable toothbrushes
The BASS technique is recommended by the dental profession which includes:
- brushing in circular motions at a 45 degree angle reaching under the gum line
- brushing the inside, outside, and tops of chewing surfaces
- message the soft gingiva or gums to encourage healthy blood flow while removing plaque
- remember to brush the top surface of the tongue to removal of plaque and reduce halitosis or bad mouth odor due to bacteria
Periodontal or gum disease occurs over time when plaque is not removed daily. For some individuals on medication, plaque removal is not enough to prevent oral diseases. Additional cleanings are recommended for maintenance.
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