Best Tools to Help Your Child Maintain Good Oral Health
Here at Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we want you to know that caring properly for your child’s teeth and dental health is a job that can help to ensure your child’s future dental hygiene habits. This makes it a very important job, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a hard one! Making sure that you have the right tools to help ensure your child’s dental health is step number one in making sure he or she has healthy, beautiful teeth to last a lifetime!
Important Tools for Good Dental Hygiene
Below are the most important tools to make sure your kids have great oral hygiene habits:
Toothbrush – Make sure that your child’s toothbrush is the right size for his or her mouth, fitting easily around the back molars. Additionally, your child’s brush should have soft bristles and be replaced every 3-4 months or once the bristles start to fray.
Toothpaste – The American Dental Association recommends that kids over two use fluoride toothpaste (an amount the size of a pea) to help avoid dental cavities. Your child should be using fluoride toothpaste to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time.
Floss – Brushing alone won’t reach all the surfaces of the teeth. This is why it’s important to teach your child how to properly floss. Flossing picks are a great way for small kids to floss more easily.
Water – Lastly, water helps rinse bacteria and food debris from the teeth and aids in the production of saliva. Saliva helps balance the pH levels in the mouth and serves as a natural cleaner. Please make sure your child is kept well-hydrated!
Before purchasing any dental health products for your family, make sure the products feature the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. This seal should be easily seen on any ADA-approved products.
At Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we know that each child is different and may require unique care. We’re proud to be able to work with a variety of different kids in ways that work best for them and make them feel comfortable. Many of our patients are excited to visit their friends here at the office for their regular dental cleanings and checkups! Read More...
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