Pediatric dentistry deals with the oral health of children. The pediatric dentist or a pedodontist aims at providing children with healthy teeth and a beautiful smile all their lives. They educate young patients and their parents regarding the importance of oral health. Taking care of oral health becomes the primary priority as children begin to take care of their teeth by themselves.
Parents assume that upon reaching school age, their children wouldn't need any parental care to brush and floss their teeth. But that assumption is not safe at all. It is vital to observe how children take care of their teeth just as you ensure them to stay healthy. The tips that parents can give their children at their home are, as follows:
It doesn’t matter how old you get; it is necessary to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. This is the simplest and easiest way to remember to brush. If the child practices to brush for the full two minutes twice a day, then he/she will get fairly good clean teeth.
It is recommended to brush teeth in a circular motion and starting at the gum line. This technique will help in pushing the plaque away from the gum line instead of towards it. But it can affect long-term gum health critically.
A child must have good oral hygiene, beginning with the right tools that can help in keeping their teeth clean. If the child is not using the right tools, then the results will be awful. Change their toothbrush every six months, use fluoride toothpaste and floss as well. If the toothbrush used is too old and full of germs, then the teeth are likely to suffer from decay or infection.
It is better if the toothbrush can be changed more frequently, even when it starts looking dirty, smelly, or has frayed bristles. For flossing, it is essential to measure the thickness required to the floss between the teeth.
No matter how well the child brush and floss, it is still likely to develop some plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach places. A dental examination and cleaning are required to remove the plaque and clean the teeth. So, take your child to a pediatric dentist or a pedodontist, as per the scheduled appointments.
Find out more about pediatric dentistry as you visit our offices in Henrico, Virginia. Call Fred A. Knaysi, D.D.S. today or request an appointment online.