Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital to ensuring your smile is never compromised and that small problems don’t become big ones. At Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children, we offer hygiene coaching in Napa, California, to help your child maintain a healthy smile. By reviewing and practicing basic dental hygiene practices, Dr. David Suttie and our team can help your child get in a good habit of caring for their teeth that will hopefully last them a lifetime. Contact us today at 707-257-6453 to learn more, and to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist.
Just like other life habits, developing a habit for good dental hygiene early in life can lead to continued habits later on. To do this, our dentist has created a 3-visit program where we review your child’s dental hygiene habits and help you know how to best care for your child’s teeth. Some of the habits we will discuss are proper brushing and flossing techniques, and how to help your child get used to practicing these habits on their own.
When it comes to caring for your teeth, our dentist follows the guidelines set by the American Dental Association. We recommend that your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day, morning and evenings, with a soft-bristled brush. This will help prevent damage to delicate enamel or sensitive gum tissue. Once your child has had a few of their baby teeth come it, it is best to use a small amount of non-fluorinated toothpaste. Our dentist will also review when it is best for your child to being using fluorinated toothpaste.
Some of our hygiene tips include:
- Brush the top surface of your child’s tongue to remove any extra-plaque that may accumulate in that area.
- Start flossing as soon as your baby has two teeth.
- If you have braces, talk with our dentist about any changes you may need to make to your dental hygiene routine.
If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s teeth at home, we welcome you to schedule your child’s appointment for hygiene coaching by calling or visiting us today.