Maintaining Your Oral Health If You Have a Small Mouth

You may not have considered how the size of your mouth could impact your dental health. However, if you have a small mouth, you may find it difficult to maintain good oral health. A small mouth can make it difficult to reach your teeth and gums. Below are some tips which will help you to keep on top of things.

Use an electric toothbrush

If you have a small mouth, it can be difficult to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush. To use a manual toothbrush properly, you need the space to move it forwards and backwards over the surface of your teeth. You should consider investing in an electric toothbrush.

The rotating head of an electric toothbrush means you do not have to move the brush over your teeth. Instead, you can simply hold the head of the toothbrush in position. The head of an electric toothbrush is typically smaller than a manual toothbrush which further improves the access you have to your teeth and gums.

Change your brushing technique

A lot of people begin brushing at the front of the mouth. If you have a small mouth, you should change your brushing technique and begin by brushing the rear teeth. As these are the hardest teeth to reach in a small mouth, if you begin at the front, you may tire by the time you reach the back teeth, failing to brush them properly.

Use a floss holder or brush

A small mouth can also cause problems when you try to floss your teeth while holding the floss between you fingers. To properly floss using this technique, you need to be able to reach right to the back teeth which can be difficult if you have a small mouth. To overcome this problem, you should invest in a floss holder or brush. A floss holder is a small plastic instrument which has a piece of floss suspended between two points. A floss holder removes the need to fit your fingers inside of your mouth as you can simply use this small plastic tool to reach the back teeth.

Alternatively, you could use a floss brush. A floss brush is shaped like a manual toothbrush but rather than a full set of bristles, it contains two stiff bristles which can clean between your teeth in the same way as regular floss would.

If you would like further advice about brushing your teeth, you should contact your dentist today.