While brushing the outside surfaces of your child’s teeth, position the brush
at a 45-degree angle where their gums and teeth meet.
Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small,
gentle strokes. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the
teeth, but not so much pressure that they feel any discomfort.
When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all their teeth, follow
the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.To clean
the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush
vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth.
Don't forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.
Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. After you are done, rinse your child’s mouth to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.
If your child has any pain while brushing or if you have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.
Most of the time cavities are due to a high surgar diet or starchy foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities. Consistency of a person's saliva also makes a difference. Thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a child’s diet is high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva that allows more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Pediatric Cavity Prevention:
Tips for Cavity Prevention in Children
1. Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
2. Help your child to brush and floss.
3. Watch what your child drinks.
4. Avoid sticky foods.
5. Make treats part of meals.
6. Choose nutritious snacks.