Plaque is the sticky stuff that we can feel forming on our teeth every day. It is actually a bacterial cavity causing substance that produces when the sugars and starches from the foods we eat combine to make acids. If we don’t brush and floss them away, these destructive acids will invade the tooth enamel and start to slowly break it down. Since plaque collects so easily, we should brush at least twice a day. This is why it is so important to teach children how to take care of their teeth – the earlier they start, the better.
If we don’t get rid of the accumulation of plaque on a daily basis it will calcify into tartar. We can’t dissolve tartar on our own, it can only be removed by a professional hygienist with the appropriate dental tools. It is important for your child to visit a pediatric dentist/hygienist to avoid tartar buildup which can lead to gum disease.
Brushing his or her teeth as recommended is the best way to remove plaque from your child’s teeth and avoid tartar, but the brushing must be done properly. Your pediatric dental hygienist will show your child how to angle the brush and move it back and forth gently, taking one tooth at a time. The hygienist will remind your child that plaque is also found on the tongue and not to forget to brush there too.
Choosing the right toothbrush is just as important as knowing how to use it. The label will tell you if the brush has a child-sized head that will make it easier for your child to reach hard to get to areas of the back teeth. If he is able to operate an electric toothbrush, even better. Whether manual or high-tech, be sure to replace the brush, or the bristles every three months.
Schedule a check-up with Epic Dentistry for Kids in Aurora and be confident that you are taking a step toward providing your child with the best pediatric dental care available. Call today @ (720) 721-3600.