Brushing and Flossing

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v-pediatric.jpgPediatric Dentistry Kahala wants to make sure that every child has a bright and beautiful smile. In order to do so, it is important that we educate you as parents and your children on the proper ways to brush and floss. Practicing proper dental hygiene may prevent many illnesses and eliminate the need for costly dental treatments in the future. Continue reading below to learn more about the proper ways to brush and floss.

Brushing

When brushing your child’s teeth, be sure that their toothbrush is made of small, soft bristles with a conservative amount of fluoride toothpaste on it. If your child is under the age of three, simply brush their teeth with water with the same soft-bristled toothbrush. After this age, it is important that you continue to supervise your child to make sure they use the proper amount of toothpaste and do not swallow any excess toothpaste.

When brushing your teeth, be sure to brush in small circular patterns to remove unwanted food particles. Try not to get in the habit of brushing in the same circular motion. Mixing up the pattern in which you brush will help catch other food particles you weren’t able to get with your previous motion. Additionally, be sure that you brush at an angle so that you can cover all areas of your teeth. Although we recommend that you brush your teeth after each meal and before bed, you should make sure that you brush at least twice a day. Lastly, be sure to replace your toothbrush when it starts to wear down so that your teeth get a thorough cleaning.

Flossing

Most people underestimate the importance of flossing on a regular basis. Flossing has the ability to remove a substantial amount of food and bacteria found between the teeth. We recommend that you floss at least once a day, preferably before going to sleep. It is very common the first few times you floss to be bleeding from the gums. If this problem persists, be sure to contact Dr. Hirai and schedule an appointment.

Pediatric Dental Care in Honolulu, Kahala, Hawaii Kai

Teaching your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth at an early age will set a wonderful foundation for them to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout their life. Bring your child in for a visit with the friendly staff at Pediatric Dentistry Kahala located in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you have any questions regarding brushing and flossing habits or would like to book an appointment, contact us today!