Oral Hygiene For Kids See Me Smile Dental Oxnard CA

Oral Hygiene Guide for Kids

Taking Care of Your Child’s Smile

There is nothing more important than the health and happiness of your child. At See Me Smile Dental of Oxnard we want to help you make the best choices for your child’s oral health.

Creating healthy dental habits now can ensure a lifetime with a beautiful and strong smile for your child.

When Should I Begin Oral Healthcare with My Child?

Oral healthcare for your child begins immediately, even before they develop their first tooth. You can help your baby by ensuring good oral health habits from the start of life.

After your baby eats be sure to wipe their gums with a soft, damp cloth to keep them clean of food particles, including milk or formula.

Once your child has developed their first tooth it is time to begin brushing. A baby toothbrush is a great tool for cleaning just a few teeth and gently scrubbing gums. As your child develops more teeth it is time to invest in a children’s toothbrush. Look for a brush with a much smaller head and handle and soft bristles.

As your child gets older and develops teeth next to each other, it is a good time to begin flossing. Your See Me Smile Dental of Oxnard team can advise you of when and how to start flossing your child’s teeth.

Make sure your child begins regular dental checkups as soon as their first tooth emerges. Then your child should be visiting the dentist at least twice per year.

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Do I Need to Brush Baby Teeth See Me Smile Dental Oxnard CA

Do I Need to Brush Baby Teeth?

Many parents do not worry about oral hygiene for baby teeth because they will just fall out later. But good hygiene habits from the beginning are important for your child’s oral health development. Cavities, even in baby teeth, can be painful. A good routine of brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits, can help keep tooth decay at bay. It is also important to take good care of your child’s gums to avoid the possibility of gum disease.

How Should I Brush My Child’s Teeth?

Once your child has teeth to brush it is important to follow these instructions to ensure their teeth are healthy.

Brushing Teeth

Be sure to brush often enough and long enough. You should brush your child’s teeth twice a day, preferably in the morning and after their last meal and drink. Be sure to brush for at least 2 minutes each time.

Using Toothpaste

Use only a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste while your child becomes accustomed to brushing to minimize the possibility of swallowing.

Position Yourself

Try brushing your child’s teeth as you stand behind them in front of a mirror. This will allow your child to watch how you brush so they will someday be ready to do it on their own.

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When Is My Child Ready to Brush On Their Own?

Once your child has learned how to follow good oral hygiene habits, they may be ready to brush on their own. We recommend supervising your child as they brush until around the age of eight or nine. This will ensure that they have developed proper habits and receive guidance from you if necessary.

Be sure to explain the importance of proper oral hygiene to your child. This will increase their desire to care for their teeth and help them understand why it is important to you as well.

We care about your child’s oral health. If you have any questions about your child’s developing smile, we are happy to assist you. Remember that you are helping your child create habits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Oxnard, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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