FAQs Dental Care

How Do I Take Proper Care of My Teeth?

•  Brush your teeth
•  Floss once a day
•  Eat healthful foods
•  Visit you dentist regularly

Brush After Every Meal and Before Bed

If possible, brush after every meal (and snack!) and don’t forget the most important brushing of the day before bedtime.

•  Brush your child’s teeth until they are able to handle the toothbrush (about 3-5 years old)
•  Help your child brush until they can do a good job on their own (about 8-9 years old)
•  Check occasionally to make sure your child is doing a good job

•  Your child needs a child-sized tooth brush with soft, round bristles and a flat brushing
   surface. If you need advice ask your dentist.
•  Children wear their toothbrush out quickly. Check it often and replace often.

•  Your child needs a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help fight cavities and one that is
   A.D.A. (American Dental Association) approved.
•  For children 2 and younger or until your child is old enough to spit out any excess
   toothpaste, a non-fluoridated toothpaste should be used.

About Flossing

•  Begin flossing your child’s teeth at about 2 years old, or as soon as teeth are touching.
   Children can usually begin flossing alone at about 8 years old.
•  Ask your dentist our hygienist to show you how to properly floss your child’s teeth. If not
   done correctly, you can harm their gums.

Eat Healthy

•  Your child should eat foods from these four food groups: fruits and vegetables, bread and
   cereal, meat and protein, and milk and dairy (cheese is especially good for teeth. It
   is high in calcium which helps neutralize acids in the mouth).
•  Give your child healthy snacks including raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and cheese. Avoid
   giving your child raisins and other dried fruits that stick to their teeth, sticky
   sweets like caramel candy, cookies and granola bars made with honey or molasses.
•  For drinks, give milk or unsweetened fruit juice, not soda

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

•  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have a dental
   check-up at least twice a year. Some children need more frequent visits.
•  Even if your child does not have a problem with cavities. He/she needs to see the
   dentist regularly. Your pediatric dental provided you with an ongoing assessment of
   your child’s oral health. Your child may need additional fluoride, a sealant, and
   your dentist may be able to identify orthodontic problems.

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