Pediatric Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care is important throughout life, especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with a pediatric dentist, your child can help keep his or her smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • Make sure your child brushes the teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also make sure your son or daughter brushes the top surface of the tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep the breath fresh!
  • Make sure your child cleans between the teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your youngster’s breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Make sure your child eats a balanced diet, and try to avoid giving extra-sugary treats to him or her. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can help keep your child’s smile healthy.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your youngster’s dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your pediatric dentist about dental sealants: protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
  • If your child plays sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect his or her smile.

If it’s been six months since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule the next appointment!


Download printable instructions for brushing and flossing.


Brushing instructions

brushing diagram

Brushing: Step 1

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

brushing diagram

Brushing: Step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

brushing diagram

Brushing: Step 3

Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

brushing diagram

Brushing: Step 4

Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.


Flossing instructions

flossing diagram

Flossing: Step 1

Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.

flossing diagram

Flossing: Step 2

Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

flossing diagram

Flossing: Step 3

Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

flossing diagram

Flossing: Step 4

Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

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