Oral Hygiene Instructions

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When it comes to achieving and maintaining optimal oral health, Molar Bear Pediatric Dentistry believes that proper oral hygiene and dental care are an essential factor. We’ve all heard how important at home dental care can be for healthy smiles, but is your child practicing proper oral hygiene?

When Should We Begin Brushing?

At Molar Bear Pediatric Dentistry, we believe “brushing” should begin even before your child’s first tooth. We recommend using a soft cloth to wipe and massage the gums, removing any bacteria in the mouth. Starting early can also help your child get in the routine.

Once your child’s first tooth has erupted, we recommend investing in a soft-bristle infant toothbrush and some non-fluoride toothpaste. You can gently brush any teeth that have erupted along with the gums. Once your child can spit, we recommend getting toothpaste with fluoride to help protect their teeth from decay and damage. Here are some tips for geting your child excited about proper oral hygiene:

  • Establish a oral hygiene routine early.
  • Let your child pick out their toothbrush.
  • Let your child pick out their toothpaste.
  • Read books and watch videos about dental care.
  • Brush teeth as a family.

Proper Brushing and Flossing Instructions

Just like with adults, it is highly important that your child be on a proper dental care routine. We recommend that your child have their teeth brushed at least twice a day. 30 seconds should be spent on each quadrant of the mouth (top left, bottom left, top right, bottom right), certain toothbrushes even play a 2 minute song to help! Once your child has two or more adjacent teeth, you should also begin flossing. Always floss gently and be sure not to tug on the floss or their teeth. Be sure you also get their tongue! Bacteria loves to hangout there too and can contribute to bad breath, tooth decay and even periodontal diseases.