For Children: Oral Hygiene

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For Children: Oral Hygiene

As a mom of two boys, Dr. Davidson is passionate about educating kids on the importance of good oral hygiene, brushing teeth twice a day and going to the dentist twice a year for thorough cleanings. If you would like Dr. Davidson to give a fun presentation on proper oral hygiene at your child’s school, please contact our office.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Parents

Babies – Begin instilling good oral hygiene in your baby as soon as his or her teeth are visible. Every night before bed, gently clean their teeth and gums with a warm, wet washcloth.

Toddlers – Brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent cavities, but fluoride, if ingested often, is harmful. Since most toddlers do not have the ability to spit, we recommend that toddlers use a soft brush and fluoride-free toothpaste (often called ‘training toothpaste) until they are old enough not to swallow.

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Kids – The best way to get kids to brush their teeth twice a day is to make teeth-brushing fun! Some ways to make teeth-brushing fun are:

  • Allow your child to pick out his or her favorite color or character toothbrush and favorite flavor of toothpaste.
  • Turn on their favorite song on your phone while they brush. This will make the time go by quicker and ensure they brush for at least two minutes.

For more information on oral hygiene for children or to schedule your child’s next cleaning, please call Davidson Dental Group at our San Leandro office – 510-352-9212 or email us.