Brushing & Flossing

Proper Oral Hygiene For Your Child

Good oral hygiene is important for dental patients of all ages, but especially so for children. As your local Truckee pediatric dentist, we want to provide information and reminders of how to keep teeth and smiles as healthy as possible. With the assistance of parents, we believe that kids can take charge of their oral care regularly. Along with the proper products meant for small mouths and hands, these brushing and flossing instructions can help to ensure that cavities are kept at bay.

Brushing Tips & Techniques

Proper brushing begins with the right brush. With the correct toothbrush held at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, brushing should be done in a gentle, circular motion. All sides of the teeth should be brushed, including the inner side and the chewing surface. Using just the tip of the toothbrush is the best way to reach the back side of the front teeth. Teeth should be brushed at least two times a day, but after every meal is ideal.

Flossing Tips & Techniques

Flossing on a daily basis is essential for getting rid of the food particles and buildup that brushing may be unable to reach. Starting with a piece of floss about 18 inches in length, wind it around one finger on each hand. Grasping the floss with the forefinger and thumb of each hand and holding it tightly, slip it between each tooth using a C-shape, and move it up and down, making sure to get under and around the gums.

Schedule Your Child's Next Checkup Today!

Incorporating good oral hygiene into your child’s routine, along with our children’s teeth cleaning services, is the best prevention against tooth decay and cavities. You can schedule an appointment today by calling our office at 530-550-9311. One of our helpful, friendly staff members will assist you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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