How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth
Pediatric Oral Hygiene Basics:
Brushing should last for at least two minutes and be done twice each day, focusing along the gum lines. Until your child is old enough to tie their shoes, they should get help brushing their teeth. Encourage them to brush on their own, making small circles on every tooth, and then follow up behind them to make sure they removed everything.
Cleaning between the teeth is one of the most important parts of your child’s oral hygiene routine, yet one of the most forgotten. Tooth brushing alone cannot clean between the teeth, so it is necessary to floss at least once a day to prevent cavities.
Preventive Cleanings and Exams
Regular visits to the dentist will help keep teeth cleaner, reduce the risk of tooth decay and give your child the information they need as they become more independent when it comes to their oral care. We recommend cleanings every 6 months to remove plaque deposits and screen for early signs of decay.
Making smart dietary choices impacts the rate of cavities your child experiences. Discourage all liquids between meals, unless it is tap water. Snacking on crisp produce will keep teeth clean and gums healthy.
During every new patient exam, we will sit down with you and discuss oral care basics and any concerns you may have about your child’s teeth. Set up your family’s first visit with us by calling us.