In between visits, there are steps you can take at home. Instill good oral habits by encouraging your child at a young age to brush and floss at least twice a day. Eating a nutritional and well-balanced diet that limits sugar intake can also help them achieve optimal oral health.
Abiding by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry our office recommends the use of fluoride toothpaste to inhibit bacterial metabolism and to protect the developing teeth. For children under the age of 3, a smear or rice size (0.1mg of fluoride) amount of fluoride toothpaste is recommended. When children are ages 3-6 the recommendations change to a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste (0.25mg of fluoride).
We also recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes (2×2) and flossing at least once a day to remove all plaque and prevent cavities from developing.
We recommend the use of mouthwashes as an adjunct only if your child will spit it out after swishing.
We strongly encourage having parents assist in brushing for children under the age of 8 or until they can tie their own shoes.