Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
Although it seems simple, not many people know the
proper way to brush or floss their teeth, let alone their children’s! As a
result, this uncertainty can cause parents to show their children how to take
care of their teeth incorrectly. Do you think you know the proper way to brush
and floss you and your child’s teeth? Let’s see!
Starting at birth, you should clean your child’s
gums with a soft cloth and water. As soon as your child’s teeth start to show, begin
brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush. For children under the age of two, only
use a small “smear” of toothpaste. For children ages 2-5, use a “pea-size”
amount of toothpaste! For the best results, use ADA-accepted fluoride
toothpaste and make sure your child knows not to swallow it.
The first rule of brushing your teeth is to keep the
toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gums. Next, use a gentle circular
motion while brushing. Often, many people make the mistake of brushing back and
forth or up and down, but this can actually damage your gums and teeth. Lastly,
make sure to clean all surfaces of the teeth, including the front, back, and
top, and always finish by brushing your tongue to remove any bacteria that
could cause bad breath. And don’t forget - brushing should happen twice a day;
once when you wake up and once before you go to bed!
Do you find a reason not to floss? Well, knowing how
to might actually make you want to! Many dentists say that flossing is even
more important than brushing when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth
loss. This is because flossing removes plaque between teeth and under gum
lines where a toothbrush cannot reach. Keep in mind; flossing should begin when
any two teeth begin to touch!
To floss properly, break off about 18 inches of
floss and wind most of it around your two middle fingers. Next, hold the floss
tightly between your thumbs and forefingers with about an inch of floss
in-between them. Gently guide the floss between teeth, but be sure not to jerk
or snap floss into the gums because that can cause bleeding and damage. Finally,
when the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C-shape against the tooth.
At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County,
our emphasis is total preventive care, which is why we educate our patients and
their parents to ensure that good habits are practiced at home. We recommend
supervising your children when brushing until they are around 7 or 8 years old.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (631) 486-6364
for our Commack office or (631) 320-0880 for our Medford
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