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Cleanings & Prevention
Home Care

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal.  Your child's home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  This starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks your child eats, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Toothbrushing – Make sure your child brushes his/her teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

FlossingDaily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if your child has difficulty using conventional floss.

Fluoride treamtent may also be recommended to fight tooth decay.



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