Teaching Your Child How To Properly Take Care of Their Teeth
At Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics we strongly believe that great smiles start with good basic dental hygiene practices like brushing and flossing regularly and properly. Please read through our tips and suggestions below on how to show your kids the best way!
Best Way to Brush
For optimal oral health, and to decrease the amount of food particles and plaque buildup, teeth should be brushed four times daily: after breakfast, after lunch or school, after diner, and before bed.
- Children over 3 years old should use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. We recommend parental supervision to ensure your child doesn’t swallow too much toothpaste.
- Children under 3 years of age should clean their teeth with water and a soft bristled toothbrush.
- While brushing, instruct your child to brush in small circular motions. This will reach food that may be stuck under the gums, while still being gentle.
- Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, making sure to cover all of the surfaces of the teeth. Don’t forget to get in between were pesky food particles can get stuck!
- Last but not least! Brush the tongue and roof of the mouth before rinsing. Bacteria like to accumulate in these places throughout the day.
When the bristles of the toothbrush begin to fray and wear down it’s time for a new one! Make sure to rinse the mouth thoroughly with water after brushing to wash away and left over particles. Carefully brushing and flossing every day promotes optimal oral hygiene and decreases the chance of cavities and tooth decay!
Download our Tooth Fairy Brushing Chart!
Floss Like A Pro!
Flossing is important for those tiny spaces between the teeth where food and plaque love to hang out. Since a toothbrush can’t reach these places, we use dental floss – a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean in between teeth. It is very important to remember to floss every day!
- Pull a small amount of floss from the dispenser
- Wrap the ends around your middle fingers
- Gently guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line
- Unwrap a clean piece of floss for each tooth
- Don’t forget the backs of the teeth too!
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before bed! When first beginning to floss, it is normal for the gums to bleed a little bit. However, this should subside after a few days of consistent flossing – if not then please schedule an appointment to see us.
Good Oral Hygiene Leads to Bigger Smiles
Implementing a healthy and consistent brushing and flossing routine will greatly reduce your child’s change of tooth decay, gum disease and other common dental problems. If you would like to learn more about oral hygiene for young children please contact us at our Fairfield, CT office!