Oral Hygiene Tips From Your Highlands Ranch & Castle Pines, CO Pediatric Dentists
Dedicated pediatric dentists, Dr. Lisa Fox, Dr. Kathleen Waguespack, Dr. Julie LeBlanc and Dr. Kathryn Hiegert specialize in providing high quality oral health care to your child. Our Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines pediatric dentistry team, also serving Littleton, Centennial and Parker, provides early dental care, general treatment, and sedation dentistry. Proper treatment combined with a regular brushing and flossing routine, diet control, and dental visits will ensure a healthy and clean smile for your child.
For children under the age of 3, our Parker dentists recommend that parents use water and a toothbrush with soft bristles to clean their child’s teeth. Once a child is over the age of 3, parents should supervise brushing to ensure that children do not swallow toothpaste. Parents should also make sure that their child does not use more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to pay close attention to the bristles on the toothbrush. A toothbrush should be replaced once its bristles start to wear down or fray.
To avoid food and plaque accumulation, children should brush their teeth after every meal and before bedtime. Children should also rinse their mouths with water after brushing and floss on a daily basis for healthy teeth and gums.
- Step 1: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small strip of toothpaste. Hold at a 45-degree angle and brush in small, circular motions to reach under the gum line.
- Step 2: Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, the back teeth and in between the teeth.
- Step 3: Continue using small, circular motions to cover the inside of the upper and lower teeth.
- Step 4: Clean the inside of the top and bottom front teeth by positioning the head of the toothbrush up-and-down in small, circular motions.
- Step 5: Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Finish by rinsing your mouth.
We encourage daily flossing to prevent a buildup of food particles and plaque in areas between the teeth. Initially, flossing may cause gums to bleed; however, if the bleeding continues after the first few times, be sure to contact us.
Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.
- Step 1: At least once a day, use floss from a dental dispenser to wrap the ends around your middle fingers.
- Step 2: Use the floss to remove food particles and plaque by guiding the floss between teeth to the gum line.
- Step 3: Use the next section of clean floss to repeat the process.
Minimize sugar and starch consumption and eat a well-balanced diet from foods found in the five food groups to avoid dental problems such as cavities and to promote stronger teeth and healthy gums.
- Foods to limit: Candies, cookies, chips and crackers.
- Foods to include: Vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheese
Be sure to bring your child into our Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines pediatric dental offices dentist twice a year for check-ups. Scheduling professional cleanings and regular check-ups will help your child maintain healthy gums and lasting teeth. During your visit, there will be a thorough examination, an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment. In the case of a dental emergency, call us immediately.
We use fluoride varnish because our Centennial, CO pediatric dentistry team believes that children deserve the best care possible in helping them to prevent cavities.
Fluoride Varnish Advantages:
- Tooth surfaces experience longer lasting contact with fluoride than with foam or gel versions used by others.
- Ease of application.
- Children may eat or drink immediately after use.
Contact Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry
By continuing a thorough oral hygiene regimen, your child will be doing a fair share of work to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. If you have any questions about oral hygiene or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, give us a call or fill out our online form. We have two convenient locations in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines, CO, and proudly serve infants through late teens throughout Littleton, Centennial, Parker and Castle Rock, CO.