Brushing & Flossing

Brushing & Flosing

Encouraging good oral hygiene is an important step in helping any child to develop healthy personal habits that will serve them well into adulthood. Many parents struggle to understand what steps to take at what ages, and that’s why we have put together information like this guide to brushing and flossing for parents and small children.

Tips & Techniques For Brushing

Brush in circular motions holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line for best results. Make sure to use gentle pressure and don’t exaggerate the motion to avoid aggravating the gums or causing bleeding. It’s important that you clean every edge of the tooth, including the inside edge, and each surface should get fifteen to thirty seconds of attention.

Techniques Tips For Flossing

Flossing on a daily basis is recommended for all children who have finished teething and adults. Start with a length of floss about 18 inches long, and then wrap it around one two fingers, one on each hand. Move the floss swiftly between two teeth at a time, keeping about two inches of usable line with tension, and unspooling more as needed to keep working with clean floss.

Make an Appointment for Your Next Truckee Children's Dental Visit

At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we want to help you and your whole family have healthy, beautiful smiles that last your whole lives. That’s why we work with children of all ages to address their unique needs and teach them the skills that will help them build healthy habits. That means:

  • Regular X-rays
  • Growth consultations
  • Cleanings

If it’s time to make an appointment for any of the kids in your family, give us a call or contact us online. Our staff is always happy to help you get a time to meet with the dentist!

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