Oral Hygiene and Nutritional Counseling

Oral Hygiene and Nutritional Counseling

The oral cavity is the gateway to the entire body. A healthy balanced diet plays a huge role in the proper development of a child’s jaw, teeth, and facial bone structure. Eating well also impacts health overall. When your child visits Greenway Pediatric Dentistry, we provide oral hygiene and nutritional counseling to help you and your youngster achieve optimal dental health and a strong body.

Mouth bacteria loves nothing more than sugar. It takes a mere 20 seconds for oral bacteria to convert carbs and sugar into harmful acid. What’s more, that damaging acid remains active for up to 30 minutes. We recommend that parents limit kids’ sugar consumption. Please refrain from indulging your child regularly with soda, candy, fruit juices and other sugary foods and drinks, and try to do so only after meals when saliva production is high. Also, have your child rinse their mouth with water and brush their teeth after consuming sugary treats.

Oral Hygiene Habits

Luckily, with good oral hygiene at home and regular dentist visits, cavities are almost completely preventable.

Start healthy oral care habits right away. Gently clean your baby’s gums and any visible teeth with a damp washcloth.

Teach your child how to brush all tooth surfaces twice a day for at least two minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush with a small head, and an age-appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste. Standby to assist until your child is able to brush thoroughly without help.

Floss between your child’s teeth and below the gum line to remove plaque and leftover food.

Dr. Posada or our staff will discuss proper cleaning techniques for keeping your kid’s smile cavity-free and answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.

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