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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Jacksonville wants you to know

You want to do everything you can to ensure your children grow up to be healthy adults. An important part of caring for your children is pediatric dentistry teaching them good hygiene habits. Teaching your children how to care for their teeth is a vital piece of training they need. Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL wants to help you teach your children good oral hygiene habits.

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile, and your children deserve a great smile. It’s important to remember no child is too young to get tooth decay. The minute your child’s first primary tooth erupts, decay is a possibility. Your child’s mouth is full of harmful bacteria, millions of them. The bacteria form a plaque that sits on teeth. If left alone, the plaque produces an acid, strong enough to eat through tooth enamel and cause decay. Teaching brushing habits early can help disrupt and remove plaque, reducing the possibility of decay.

Dr. Marchan would like you to:

  • Put a small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a pea, on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Stand behind your child, with both of you facing a mirror. Using a circular motion, gently brush your child’s teeth and along the gumline, until you have cleaned all of the teeth. Have your child demonstrate tooth brushing back to you. Sonic or electric toothbrushes are often helpful and come in child-friendly models, making it easy and enjoyable for your child to brush.
  • Flossing requires a fair amount of dexterity and is best taught when your child is around four years old. Have your child watch you floss your teeth, wrapping around each tooth as you go. Have your child demonstrate flossing back to you. By the age of eight, your child should be able to floss without your help. Many children like to use floss picks, which come in animal shapes and makes flossing enjoyable.

Teaching your children good oral hygiene habits is fun and rewarding for you and your kids. Good oral hygiene habits can help your children enjoy pain-free, healthy smiles into adulthood. For more information about pediatric and adult dentistry, call Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville, FL. Help safeguard your child’s smile by calling today!