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The Best Tools to Ensure Your Child’s Oral Health

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Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we know that caring for your children's teeth is a job that can improve your child's future oral hygiene routine. This job is vital, but it doesn't have to be tough! Ensuring that you have the right tools to care for your children's dental health is the first step.

Essential Dental Hygiene Tools

The most important dental hygiene tools for your children are below:

  1. Toothpaste – The American Dental Association recommends that kids over the age of two use fluoride toothpaste to avoid getting cavities. Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and encourage your children to spit the excess toothpaste out, so they aren't swallowing so much of it. 
  2. Toothbrush – The best toothbrush for kids is one that has a head that can easily fit into the mouth and around the back molars. It also has a handle that is comfortable and easy for kids to hold.
  3. Dental Floss – Brushing on its own is not enough; it's also essential that your children are flossing at least once a day. Floss picks are a great way for younger kids to learn how to floss. 
  4. Water - Rinsing with water helps to clean the bacteria and food debris from the teeth. It also aids in saliva production. Saliva is the mouth's natural cleanser, balancing the pH levels in the mouth and keeping tooth enamel healthy. Make sure your kids are well-hydrated! 

Before choosing dental or oral health products for your family, make sure the packaging displays the American Dental Association's seal of approval. The ADA has very rigorous testing procedures that ensure dental products are effective.

Please ensure that your child is brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time. You should also make sure your child flosses daily and visits Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. To make your child's appointment, please contact our Fort Lupton dentist today. 

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
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