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Our Pediatric Dentistry Office Helps Kids to Brush Correctly

Our Pediatric Dentistry Office Helps Kids to Brush Correctly

It is all too often assumed that kids between the stages of elementary and middle are aware of their brushing habits. While children at these ages may be comfortable brushing their teeth, there is not always that 100% guarantee that it is done correctly. This sense of false confidence results in a parent’s lack of supervision in their dental routine and can cause a number of incorrect brushing techniques on the child’s behalf. We strive to educate both parent and child on the proper methods of brushing, flossing, and overall dental care. Here are some helpful brushing techniques that can improve your child’s dental health.

Brush Using the 2-2 Rule

The 2-2 rule is fairly simple, and it is considered the minimum for brushing teeth. Twice a day, brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Once your child is following this schedule, consistently they should get a very nice clean.

Brush Plaque from the Gums

By using concentric circles be sure to brush plaque away from the gums. The circular motion pushes the plaque down and away from the gums while cleaning your teeth. If done correctly you’ll have both clean gums and teeth. Be careful not to skip this step as it is important!

Use the Right Tools

Even following a standard dental routine can be a troublesome procedure. In the bathroom, make sure your child has the right tools to keep their teeth and mouth clean. These tools include toothbrushes, floss, tongue scrapers, and even plaque removers. Also, you’ll want to keep an idea out for when to change toothbrushes, since bacteria can easily accumulate in the bristles. When it comes to floss, picking the right thickness to gauge the spaces between your teeth will work wonders. Oh, and try opting for toothpaste with fluoride, these brands of toothpaste help strengthen the teeth.

Bring Them to Pediatric Dentistry

If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to bring your child into our pediatric dentistry near you. We’ll offer tips, consultations and ensure that your child’s perfect dental image is maintained. Book your next appointment online today!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.