A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating your child. Your child's personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Home care starts by having your child eat 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.
Tooth brushing – Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and fluoridated toothpaste.
Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that your child always feel the bristles on their gums.
Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
Brush your child's tongue to remove bacteria and freshen their breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your child's gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing – Daily 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 your child's teeth using a sawing motion while hugging the tooth surface.
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 you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing – It is important to have your child rinse their mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if they are unable to brush. If they are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your child's pediatric dentist or dental hygienist on whether its appropriate for your child.
Use other dental aids as recommended by your child's pediatric dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.