Daily dental care is just as important as maintaining your routine dental appointments. Brushing morning and night for two minutes is required to properly remove plaque buildup. Depending on your diet and the spacing of your teeth, your dental professional may suggest that you increase the number of times you brush per day. Angle the bristles toward the gum line, brush the outside surface, inside surface, and chewing surface of each tooth. Brush your tongue to prevent bad breath; the white film you find on your tongue is bacteria buildup. Toothbrushes do have a limited life span, so, be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months and after being sick!
Flossing and Mouthwash
Floss at least once per day! Flossing alone helps clean 40% of the tooth surface. The area that flossing removes plaque build-up from, is the most common area that cavities begin to develop. Lastly, use a fluoridated mouth rinse morning and night after brushing.
Signs of Cavities
In between your child’s routine visits to a dental provider, it is useful to perform regular visual inspections of your child’s teeth.
- White and brown spots on your child’s teeth are early signs of cavities.
- Black spots, and holes in your child’s tooth are signs of moderate to severe tooth decay.
When signs of moderate to severe tooth decay are visible, it is wise to schedule a visit with your dental provider, to prevent the infection from spreading.
Other signs to look out for that may imply your child is suffering from dental decay:
- Trouble focusing in class
- Avoids eating hard foods
- Complains about pain around their face, but cannot identify where
- Struggles staying asleep through the night