Trips to our office at Sky Mountain Dental two times per year are a vital part of ensuring that your child has strong, healthy teeth and gums, but it also takes good pediatric dental hygiene practice at home. Proper attention to brushing and flossing, and using the right techniques, makes all the difference when it comes to avoiding cavities and gum disease in children.
The reason that it is so essential to engage in daily dental hygiene is plaque, which is a film-like bacterial substance that grows on teeth, between them, and at the gum line. It erodes tooth enamel, which results in the formation of cavities. It also irritates and reddens gums. Sugar is like fuel for plaque, so our Waterdown pediatric dentist suggests that you keep a close watch on how much of it your child consumes. Beware, because sugar is hidden in so many products, even “healthy” ones like juice boxes. Brushing is key. But it’s not enough for your child to run a toothbrush over her or his teeth, but to do it effectively. Our Waterdown pediatric dentist will help. The same is true of flossing. You may also want to acquire and use a high quality dental rinse for an added layer or protection. The simple fact is that the less plaque that is left in your child’s mouth each day, the less chance there is of tartar forming. Tartar is plaque in a hardened form, and it is just as hazardous. Unfortunately, at-home oral hygiene is not efficient in removing it. For that, your child will need a professional teeth cleaning at our office.
Your visits with your child to see our Waterdown pediatric dentist are valuable for many reasons, not the least of which is to get recommendations on pediatric dental hygiene practice. Set up an appointment right now.