Preventative care
Establishing healthy dental habits for growing grins.

Proper preventative dental care is important for your child and their growing grins. When you are scheduled for a well-teeth check-up, the focus will be on establishing good dental habits that can help improve your child’s health, future self-esteem and eating habits.

Our preventative care routine

  1. A professional comprehensive exam that includes proper nutritional and dietary counseling, brushing and flossing technique review, as well as completing a caries risk assessment to identify your child’s contributing factors for dental cavities.
  2. An evaluation of your child’s growth and development and discussion of any oral habits your child might have.
  3. A professional application of fluoride will be placed on your child’s teeth.
  4. A chance to discuss any questions you have about your child.

Learn more about what to expect when you visit Growing Grins.

Age-by-age preventative care guidelines

We believe that the involvement of parents is crucial for establishing good dental hygiene practices. And that involvement starts as early as infancy. Use the following recommendations as a guideline and bring any questions you have to your child’s next dental appointment.

For infants

Start the routine early! We encourage you to clean your infant’s gums each night with a wet washcloth or an infant finger toothbrush.

For toddlers

Once teeth appear, brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend fluoride toothpaste - just enough to cover 2-3 bristles, the amount of a grain of rice.

For children ages 3-5

Around 3-5 years old let your child start brushing on their own, but supervise and possibly help a bit on the hard to reach areas. The area most likely to be missed is behind the back molars and around the gum line. Start focusing on brushing for two minutes and once all the teeth are in, make flossing part of your routine.

For children ages 7-10

At this age, kids are usually handling regular care easily. If you have a “non-brusher” on your hands, try a toothpaste called Plaque HD. This toothpaste helps the child identify areas where plaque has accumulated and gives them a visual cue for where they need to brush. I also helps parents check the thoroughness of their brushing.

For children with braces

Children with braces often have unique challenges when faced with attempting to maintain their oral hygiene. For our patients who are learning to care for their teeth with orthodontic appliances we offer complimentary oral hygiene focused visits to help establish techniques that keep their teeth clean and healthy during their orthodontic care.

Ages 11 and up

This is the point where most baby teeth are gone and kids have to keep their permanent, adult teeth in good shape. If there are hygiene issues, we work with each child individually to figure out an approach that is workable, and most importantly maintainable, for them.

Does your child need dental work for a problem?
Learn more about our dental treatment options.