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Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Teaching your kids the right way to take care of their smile is very important. We would be glad to give both you & your child the oral hygiene education you need in order to keep you clean & cavity-free.

Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day, with supervision, until about age 7, in order to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child’s progress will be different. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer & chewing surfaces. When teaching children to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Start along the gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of every tooth, both upper & lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces & chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath & remove bacteria.

Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs & forefingers. Use a gentle, back-&-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape & slide it into the space between the gum & tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this procedure on each tooth. Don’t forget behind the four teeth in the back!

These oral hygiene tips are important, especially for your kids. By educating them at a younger age, they’ll have the correct knowledge to provide them with a lifetime of excellent dental health! Call us for your appointment & consultation today!

Regular Dental Hygiene Visits For Your Child

Dental check-ups on a regular basis are a very important part of maintaining your child’s teeth & establishing good habits for diet & home care. The frequency of your visits to¬†Branchview Dental Care is based upon your child’s needs & oral health. During your visit,¬†we will update the medical history, check your child’s teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions & diet & evaluate your child for developing orthodontic needs. Fluoride treatments are provided & home fluoride rinses or tablets are prescribed when needed & appropriate.

Healthy Gums Lead to a Healthy Body

Continued research has linked gum disease to diabetes, heart disease & low birth weight in babies. In an effort to rid your teeth of the plaque & tartar that causes gum disease (gingivitis) & tooth decay, your dental hygienist may suggest a regimen of care that requires more frequent visits to our office. These visits are recommended to remove the offending plaque & tartar.

General Dentistry

We have extensive experience working with both adults & children. We understand that these two groups have different needs & we address them all, providing only the highest-quality regular dental hygiene visits, sealants, mouthguards & patient/parent education. We place a high emphasis on sealants, which at less than half the cost of conventional fillings are effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. Without anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most simple & important preventive services we offer.