Pediatric Dental Hygiene – Flossing & Brushing
After the checkup part of your visit, it is time to have your teeth cleaned. Your dentist or a certified staff member will use what’s called a rotating toothbrush, to clean the plaque from your teeth.
Once your teeth have been brushed, your dentist may floss your teeth to remove any and all remaining plaque between your teeth. If necessary to help Harden your teeth, and help fight future cavities, your dentist or dental staff member may apply a fluoride foam solution or paint. Obviously, you can not go to the dentist every day to have your teeth cleaned so, here are some tips on how you can keep your teeth strong and healthy at home.
First, you should start by flossing your teeth to remove any food particles and plaque that may get stuck between them. The right way to floss is to wind the floss around both of your index fingers, and gently push it in between each of your teeth in your mouth, make sure you freely move the floss upwards, downwards, and even sideways to get out any food that might be stuck.
When you finished flossing you should then brush your teeth, you should put a small amount of fluoride toothpaste on a soft toothbrush, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, gently rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums. With a backward and forward circular motion be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you chew.
Lastly, it’s important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.
If you have any additional questions please consult with Dr. Lieu or Dr. Styles.