Preventive dental care is important throughout life, especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with the dentist, your child can help keep their smile bright and healthy for many years to come
Here are a few simple ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
• Make sure your child brushes her teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, be sure that they brush the top of their tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep their breath fresh! Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces.
• Make sure your child cleans between her teeth by flossing at least once daily. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen their breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
• Ensure your child eats a balanced diet, and avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your child's smile healthy.
• Schedule regular checkups with your child's dentist every six months for professional teeth cleaning.
• Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
• If your child plays sports, ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your child's smile.
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
If it’s been six months or more since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule an appointment!