Our Pediatric Dentistry Office Helps Kids to Brush Correctly
In our pediatric dentistry office, we take the oral health of our young patients seriously and strive to protect their oral health in any way we can. We understand that we are the source of key information and encouragement for the oral health of our patients. Our objective is to educate our young patients and their parents to improve their oral health as they continue to age.
The process becomes even more important as children begin to transition and start to take care of teeth themselves. This typically happens as they begin to reach the end of elementary or enter middle school.
Kids at this age need help
Very often, parents make the assumption that since their child has reached school age, they no longer need parental supervision when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth. While we hope that children will know how to properly brush by this age, that is not necessarily a safe assumption to make.
It is far better to observe how children take care of their teeth and make suggestions when necessary, to ensure that the children remain healthy. With that in mind, here are some tips that parents can give their children at home.
1. Continue to brush using the 2-2 rule
No matter how old a person is, it is important to continue to brush teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. This simple rule is the easiest way to remember to brush frequently enough. As long as the child is brushing for the full two minutes and twice a day, then they should get a fairly good clean.
2. Brush plaque away from the gums
We recommend brushing teeth in a circular fashion and starting at the gum line. The circular brushing technique pushes plaque away from the gum line instead of toward it. This brushing method is critical for long-term gum health.
3. Start with the right tools
For a child to have good oral health, they must begin with the right tools to keep their teeth clean. This means a toothbrush that is not older than six months, fluoride toothpaste and floss. Without the right tools, a child could be brushing but not see the best results. For example, if the toothbrush is too old, it can be full of germs and make it more likely that the teeth will suffer from decay or infection.
parents need to switch the brush head or toothbrush every six months, at a minimum. We recommend switching the toothbrush even more frequently if it begins to look dirty, smells or the bristles fray. As for toothpaste, we recommend using a toothpaste with fluoride since it will strengthen the teeth. For floss, patients will need to measure thickness so that the floss fits between their teeth.
Bring them to our pediatric dentistry office
Remember that even if a child does an excellent job brushing and flossing at home, it is still likely that some plaque and tartar will be left behind in hard-to-reach places. For this, we need to conduct an examination and cleaning so that we can remove the plaque and ensure that their teeth are as clean as possible.
While they are at our pediatric dentistry office we will also check for signs of tooth decay and remove it as necessary. For additional help, call and schedule an appointment today.