Preventive CareHere at Valley Pediatric Dental, we know and understand the importance of good preventive care for children. Part of this includes the proper brushing and flossing of teeth.

Good dental preventive care is really important to ensure that your children have healthy mouths, including healthy gums and teeth. It is important that children brush their teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that stick to teeth. It is recommended that they brush their teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most children rush through this time. They need to make sure they reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep children’s breath fresh, they should also brush their tongues. Then, they can begin flossing.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing teeth at least once daily. Flossing is done to remove plaque that gets stuck in between the teeth. It also gets rid of any plaque the toothbrush missed (or can’t get to)! If children don’t floss, they will have more problems with tartar, cavities, and even gum disease.

Though many children hate to do it, flossing is really necessary. They can use dental floss or even a pick that is specially designed for flossing. Though flossing shouldn’t be painful, it can feel different and awkward so it is important for children to keep at it. After a few days or weeks, it will become part of their dental routine.

If you have any questions about brushing, flossing, or anything else about home care, please contact us today at 888-963-9601.