How to floss properly

Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss free between them. Using the thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert it between the teeth and … Continued

If I want to clean my children’s baby teeth, what should I use?

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head at bedtime. There are toothbrushes are specifically designed for both infants and young children.

Is thumb sucking a problem for dental health?

Thumb sucking is normal for infants and will have no negative effect on their dentition as most children stop doing it by age 2. Discourage thumb sucking after age 4 as it can create crowded, crooked teeth and bite problems. … Continued

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist takes two additional years of specialized training that focuses on children. This gives pediatric dentists the skills they need to build strong and trusting relationships with children from infants to young adults and an understanding of their … Continued

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Also known as Early Childhood Caries or Nursing Caries, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by over exposure to sugary liquids. It is usually caused by putting a baby to bed with a bottle containing milk, juice, or pop, nursing … Continued

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, check with your physician regarding allergies to pain medications. Then, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on your child’s face if it is swollen. You can give acetaminophen for pain, but avoid … Continued

When should my child have his or her first dental visit, and what can I expect?

Your child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but take care in how you present it. Avoid using words that cause fear such as … Continued

Why are baby teeth (or “primary” teeth) so important?

Healthy primary teeth are important for many reasons: They facilitate proper chewing, enabling good nutrition. Research shows that children with numerous cavities are often underweight because eating begins to hurt. As a result, they limit food choices, disrupting proper nutrition. … Continued

Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing your teeth effectively removes plaque and food particles from tooth surfaces, but can’t properly clean the hard-to-reach areas between them. This leaves these areas highly susceptible to decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). Daily flossing corrects this problem by … Continued

You can prevent this by following a few simple guidelines:

Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, breast milk, fruit juices, or any sweetened liquids. Never give your baby a pacifier dipped in sugar or honey. Only allow water in bottles and sippy cups … Continued