Children’s Brushing Tips
Most 2-3 year old’s don’t like brushing their teeth, but it is critical. The most important thing to do, is be consistent. Don’t make brushing teeth an option. Don’t let young children brush on their own. Do let your children take a turn and hold the brush, but make sure that an adult brushes the teeth actively as least once a day (twice is better.)
Half of the benefit of brushing is applying fluoride toothpaste to the teeth. Fluoride toothpaste is inexpensive, safe and an effective way to prevent cavities. Spitting can be challenging at first, but with practice it gets easy. Start with just a smear of toothpaste, brush for 10 seconds and repeat. No need to add more toothpaste, just repeat the brushing and spitting cycles till all the teeth have been brushed and then go to bed. No more food or drink after brushing, unless it’s water. Try to make it fun and provide positive reinforcement or a reward.
Try to make them laugh and tickle them to open. Go on a “sugar bug” hunt when brushing and find some!”
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About Pediatric Dentistry Of Pleasant Hill
You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am
The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.
We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.
Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.