Preventive Pediatric Dental Care
Throughout our lives, preventive dental care is essential, especially at a young age. It's therefore important for our children to have regular dental checkups, and practice good oral hygiene to maintain plaque and cavity-free teeth, for many years to come.
Here are some tips for good oral health.
• Make sure your child gently brushes his teeth, and the top surface of his tongue at least twice a day with a good toothbrush (i.e., with soft bristles, and ADA seal approval). In case of doubt, ask an advice from your Upper East Side pediatric dentist.
• Opt for the use of fluoride toothpaste for your child's teeth to help in the remineralization of teeth, and prevention of dental caries.
• Make sure your child floss, and mouthwash at least once a day. This is because, decay-causing bacteria can lingerbetween teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Therefore, floss and mouthwash will then help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line, while keeping the mouth fresh.
• Make sure your child avoids sugary treats, and has a balanced diet, with the help of nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, fruits for healthy teeth.
• Always remember to schedule regular dental checkups, every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. This is done in pediatric dentistry of New York, which offers painless treatments for your kiddos.
• Ask your pediatric dental specialist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coat, used to prevent decay on the chewing surfaces of molars.
• Does your child play sport? If yes, make sure to ask your pediatric dental specialist about mouth guards, designed to protect teeth from injuries during sport. This can be found in any New York Pediatric Dental office.
- Brushing Instructions
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
- Flossing Instructions
Flossing: Step 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Flossing: Step 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Flossing: Step 3
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Flossing: Step 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
If it’s been six months or more since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule an appointment!