Proper brushing is the most important thing you do for your teeth at home. Helping your child get their mouth off to a healthy start is important for the future of their smile. One of the ways we do this is by making sure our children are brushing their teeth the right way. Here are a few things to check for to know if they’re doing fine on their own or need a little help.
Do You See Plaque?
Plaque is usually white, which means it blends in with the tooth. Scratching the tooth with your fingernail can be a good indicator to see if any of the fuzzy biofilm is still present on their teeth. Pay close attention to areas along the gums (and inside of the back teeth.)
If their gums are puffy or bleed during brushing, they’re not being cleaned well enough. Brushing the gumlines will keep them healthy and remove plaque from congregating along the edges. It may take two weeks of gentle brushing and flossing before gingivitis goes away.
Everyone should brush their teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Most of us only spend 20-30 seconds! Set up a timer, clock, or radio (to brush to a song) in the bathroom to ensure that your child is brushing long enough.
Following up behind your child to brush is never a problem. As long as you’re helping them once a day, that is usually all that is needed. Encourage their independence the rest of the time, as they brush on their own. As their dexterity and dedication improve, you will find that they need less supervision. Remember to make sure they are flossing once a day as well so that they do not develop cavities between teeth. At their 6-month dental checkups your dentist or hygienist will assess how they are doing and offer tips if needed.
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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Suwanee, GA 30024
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