Brushing your teeth is second nature as an adult, but for kids, it takes practice and repetition to become thorough and effective at brushing their teeth. Just as you teach them to put on their shoes and wash their face, you will need to instruct them on proper oral hygiene so they are set up for a lifetime of oral health.
Dr. Chuandi Wang, kids dentist at Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, can help you teach your kids the best techniques for brushing, flossing, and overall dental wellness.
When should my child start brushing your teeth?
As soon as your child develops teeth, they need to be brushed. When they are babies and young toddlers, you will need to gently brush their teeth with a soft brush and a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Once your child is able to hold a toothbrush and maneuver it, you can supervise them during brushing.
How can my child be a good brusher?
Your child should brush at least twice a day, including before bedtime. Setting a timer for two minutes can help them stay on task and make brushing a game. Use a fluoridated toothpaste, and try a kid-friendly flavor like bubblegum or fruit so your child is less resistant to brush.
Brush your teeth alongside your child for the first few weeks, showing them how to reach the backs of the mouth and making sure they know to brush side to side, up and down, and on the tops of the teeth. They should also lightly brush along the gum line and finish by brushing their tongue before rinsing.
If your child is very young, you can help them floss. Once they are older, dental floss picks may be the easiest floss version for them to work with.
Twice a year make an appointment with your kid's dentist at our Portage, MI, office for an exam and professional cleaning.
Kids dentist Dr. Wang of Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, is here to help your child become an expert brusher. Call us today at 269-327-4459.
How your pediatric dentist in Portage, MI, can help your child’s smile stay healthy
When your child smiles, it’s a beautiful event. You treasure your child’s smile, and you want to keep it healthy and beautiful. You don’t want tooth decay and other problems to ruin that beautiful smile. Teaching your child to brush regularly is an important way to protect your child’s smile.
Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, offers a wide range of kids’ dentistry services, including orthodontics, sealants, and pediatric crowns. She can help your child’s smile stay healthy.
So, how do you teach your child to become a good brusher?
The first thing you need to do as a parent is to show by example. Make sure YOU are a good brusher. Have your child see you brushing after meals and before bed. Your child will want to do what you do, so be a good example.
To prepare, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing fluoride on the toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste.
To teach a great brushing technique, stand behind your child with both of you facing a mirror. Then, gently brush your child’s teeth in a circular motion. Remember to:
- Brush all the surfaces of all the teeth
- Brush gently along the gumline
- Have your child spit out the toothpaste
- Have your child demonstrate the technique back to you
- Have your child rinse thoroughly
After your child is comfortable with the technique, it’s time to make brushing a habit. Have your child brush after meals and before bed.
It’s never too early to develop good brushing habits. Your child is at risk for tooth decay when the first tooth erupts, so start early.
Flossing can be taught when your child is around 4 years old, and your child should be flossing independently at around the age of 8.
Becoming a good brusher can save your child’s smile, and develop healthy habits to carry into adulthood. To find out more about how to teach your child to be a good brusher, call Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 327-4459. Call now!
There are many steps you can take to make sure that you keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. One that you can ask your dentists about is dental sealants. Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, can help you understand how sealants help your child’s smile stay healthy for longer.
How Dental Sealants Can Help Your Child’s Smile
It’s common for children to develop cavities on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A toothbrush can’t always clean all the edges and bumps of these back teeth. This causes bacteria to build up and in turn, cavities may form, leading to tooth decay. Children’s teeth are also more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth, which means that they need extra care and protection.
Sealants from your child’s dentist in Portage, MI, are an invisible plastic resin that helps to smooth out the surface of the back teeth, which makes them more resistant to decay and damage. Sealants can also help save you money in the long run, because they will help prevent any expensive dental treatments from being necessary.
Dental sealants are easy to care for and take the same amount of effort as unsealed teeth. You should be sure that your child is brushing and flossing their teeth daily and visiting their dentist twice a year for a regular checkup. You should also be sure that you are giving your child water with fluoride in it to help strengthen their teeth and fight off any decay.
Contact Your Child’s Dentist Today!
Help keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy by asking your dentist more about sealants and how they can protect their teeth. Contact Dr. Wang and Dr. Kwong at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, today at (269) 327-4459.
If you think your child might need braces, Dr. Chuandi Wang of Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, is here for you. Adolescence tends to be a good time for orthodontic intervention because some issues can be corrected easier when a child is still developing.
Does my child need braces?
Orthodontic treatment helps realign the teeth and jaw for the best function of the mouth and a perfectly straight smile because most people don't have a perfect smile naturally. As a parent, you may notice things in your child's mouth and smile like overcrowding of teeth or an overbite. These are two things that can be corrected using orthodontic treatment. Crooked teeth and gaps in the teeth are also common problems treated with orthodontics.
People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, but it is generally completed between the ages of 8 and 15 when most of the baby teeth have been replaced. Come see us in Portage, MI, so your child can experience the benefits of orthodontic treatment!
How will braces benefit my child?
Most people think of braces treatment as a straightening treatment primarily for aesthetic reasons. And while straight teeth do look beautiful, there are other benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean and thus less likely to decay. Straight teeth can also improve eating and speaking. A nice smile and straight teeth provide benefits that will follow your child throughout their life.
Orthodontic treatment is a commitment and takes time, but there are a few options for treatment and the best one for your child will depend on their smile issues and their lifestyle. Traditional metal braces require changing the way you brush and floss to accommodate the metal wires. Invisalign is removable for brushing and flossing, but you need to wear the aligners up to 22 hours a day for the best results. It takes time and commitment to shift your teeth but you feel the benefits in the long term.
Dr. Wang of Pediatric Dentistry is here to help if your child needs orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth and a beautiful smile will benefit your child for the rest of their life. Contact us for an appointment in Portage, MI, at (269) 327-4459.
Here’s what parents should know about fluoride treatment.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is important for your child’s general health. This is why you should start bringing your little one into the office for regular dental visits by the time their first tooth erupts. Of course, in some instances, your pediatric dentist may recommend that your child get fluoride treatment to protect their teeth from decay. If you are looking for a dentist here in Portage, MI, that provides fluoride treatment to children and teens, then it’s time to turn to Dr. Chuandi Wang and her pediatric dentistry team.
What is fluoride treatment?
The reason so many dentists recommend that children get fluoride treatment is that this mineral can prevent tooth decay by simply strengthening healthy tooth enamel. It can also reverse those very early signs of decay or prevent small decay from getting worse. While fluoride cannot completely prevent a cavity, it is one way to reduce your child’s risk along with properly brushing and flossing their teeth and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Is fluoride treatment safe?
Dentists worldwide have been providing fluoride treatment to children and teens for decades. Our pediatric dentistry team here in Portage, MI, only applies a very small amount of fluoride to your child’s teeth (just enough to do the trick but not enough that your child could swallow it). Fluoride varnish can be applied to children as young as six months whose first teeth have erupted, and our dental team will need to reapply it anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year.
Is fluoride treatment painful?
Absolutely not! Fluoride treatment is completely non-invasive and painless. It won’t even taste funny when it’s applied. We simply paint the teeth with the fluoride varnish and leave it on. That’s all there is to it. While teeth may appear a bit yellow once the varnish is applied, this will wear off in a couple of days so don’t worry.
If you are looking for a dentist here in Portage, MI, that can provide your child with the dental care they need, then turn to Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry to learn more. Call us at (269) 327-4459 to schedule your child’s next appointment.
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