Help Your Child Build a Solid Foundation of Top-Notch Oral Hygiene Habits

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Your child’s smile is important to our Sierra Oaks Dental team in Sacramento, California. When you bring them in for a dental cleaning or dental treatment, we will review their oral hygiene practice and give you helpful information to help their teeth and gums thrive. Their daily oral hygiene habits have a big impact on their developing dental health so you’ll want to make sure they brush and floss correctly!

Tooth Brushing Goals

Their daily habits prevent cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, bad breath and tooth enamel stains. Your child needs to brush their teeth at least twice a day armed with an ADA®-approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure the head fits comfortably in their mouth and comes with soft bristles. Plan on replacing the toothbrush around three months or when the bristles fray and lose their shape. Pro Tip: If your child has problems with manual dexterity or a hard time focusing, getting an electric toothbrush can be a game-changer!

Brushing Technique

  • Show your child how to hold their toothbrush at a 45-degree angle (where the gums and teeth meet)
  • Have them brush all tooth surfaces – front to back and the top chewing surfaces.
  • Help them make small, gentle circular motions when cleaning the front and back surfaces and back and forth on the top surfaces.
  • Show them how to brush their tongue to get rid of bacteria and food particles.

Good Flossing Goals

Brushing alone only cleans part of their teeth! Flossing cleans areas between teeth and around the gumline that collect plaque-causing oral bacteria that hardens into tartar, causing cavities and gum disease.

  • Pull out an 18-inch segment of dental floss.
  • Show them how to wrap one end around their middle finger (both hands) so the floss is two to three inches apart.
  • Have them gently slide the floss between the teeth angling toward the gumline (curving the floss into a C-shape around each tooth).
  • Have them gently slide the floss up and down a few times to scrape plaque and debris between teeth.

We want your child to build up solid dental habits to last a lifetime and are happy to recommend good oral hygiene tools. We welcome you to call today at (916) 481-2000 to speak with one of our dental hygienists or make an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Peter Kim, Dr. William Altig or Dr. Eric Gregg!