The aao recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7

Pediatric Dentists Recommend Two Cleanings/Exams A Year

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Questions & Answers

Oral Hygiene

Why is good oral hygiene important?

While our pediatric dentist and team do everything possible to help keep your child’s smile healthy, nothing is more vital than maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home. Proper and consistent brushing and flossing help prevent problems like cavities and gum disease as well as helping your child grow and develop properly so that they can eat and speak normally, digest food, and have their permanent teeth come in without problems.

What should I do to help my child maintain good oral hygiene?

We recommend that you:

  • Help your child brush at least twice a day — you may need to brush for them until they are about 7 years old
  • Help your child floss daily
  • Bring your child to the dentist regularly
  • Ask our pediatric dentist about preventive care
  • Help your child maintain a healthy diet
  • Have your child wear a sports mouth guard if they are involved in athletics

What do I do about finger and thumb sucking?

It is normal for babies and small children to such their thumbs, fingers or pacifiers. Most children grow out of this habit on their own by about age 4. If sucking habits continue, please speak with our pediatric dentist so that we can monitor the habit and provide assistance and solutions to help them break the habit before it can cause damage.

Oral Hygiene


Our experienced pediatric dentist and team will help your child learn good oral hygiene habits, including the proper ways to brush and floss. We will also work with you to help you learn the best ways to care for your child’s teeth and mouth at home. Call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces today to make an appointment and learn about the benefits of good oral hygiene!