At our Chester, VA practice, we understand that a child’s early experiences at the dentist can shape their attitude towards dental health for life. That’s why we focus on making each visit informative, engaging, and fun. With a strong emphasis on preventative care, we aim to instill good oral hygiene habits early on, ensuring your child’s smile remains bright and healthy for years to come.
Preventative dental care in children is crucial for identifying and managing potential dental issues. Regular checkups allow our team to detect problems such as tooth decay, misalignment, or gum disease at an early stage. Early detection means simpler, less invasive treatments, and a better prognosis for maintaining healthy teeth into adulthood. Interested in learning more? Feel free to contact our office for more information!
Establishing A Preventative Hygiene Routine
Preventive dental care is important throughout life, especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with the dentist, your child can help keep their smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
If it’s been six months or more since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule an appointment!