Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth and gums between visits to their pediatric dentist can provide them with an important tool for maintaining good oral health today – and tomorrow. You might want to enlist the help of the dental hygienist who cleans your child’s teeth when it comes to the actual techniques of brushing and flossing. She will be happy to oblige and will welcome you to be present during the demonstration so that you can help your child practice at home.
One of the things that your hygienist will point out is what amount of toothpaste you should use. A pea-size dab is all that is needed, any more is just a waste. Let your child pick out his own toothbrush and toothpaste. Making those decisions will make him feel like he is taking an active part in keeping his teeth clean and healthy. Your part is to be sure that the toothbrush he selects is the right size and shape for his mouth and that the toothpaste contains fluoride. Remember, soft bristles are safer for tender gum tissue. There are many kid friendly flavors to choose from in the toothpaste aisle and this would be a good place to give your child free rein to choose.
When and how often? Brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time is the general recommendation but brushing after every meal and especially after a sweet snack would be even better. Brushing in the morning and again at bedtime is a good plan of attack.
It may take some time for your child to get the hang of flossing his teeth. Your hygienist may recommend a ready made flosser to make things easier. The most important thing about flossing is that your child understand how important it is to do it. A toothbrush can’t reach in between the teeth as well as dental floss can.
For the best in pediatric dental care schedule regular visits with Epic Dentistry for Kids in Aurora. Call 720-721-3600 today.