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Best Dental Tips for Keeping Children’s Gums Healthy

Did you know optimal oral health goes beyond your teeth? Healthy gums play an important role in maintaining great oral hygiene and overall health, as well as helping to eliminate dental health problems later in life. Taking care of teeth and gums together keeps gum disease at bay and will help your child’s teeth shine bright and stay healthy.

Brush Twice a Day

Healthy teeth and gums start with a good hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day is the first step of building a good oral care regimen. Using fluoride toothpaste, brush the back and front of the teeth from the gum line to the chewing surface, and make sure you also brush the top of the chewing surfaces to help keep food particles from settling. When you brush your teeth twice a day, you will help to fight off tooth decay and gum disease, leading to bright, healthy smiles you’ll love to show off.

Floss Daily

Flossing daily takes your child’s dental care regimen to the next level. While brushing gets the sides and chewing surface of the teeth, flossing gets the sides of the teeth, in between each tooth. Flossing can be done while watching TV, reading a book, or when getting ready for bed.

It is a simple and effective way to fight both gum disease and tooth decay, and a quick, easy step to add to your child’s daily oral health routine to maintain healthy gums.

Use Therapeutic Mouthwash

Therapeutic mouthwash is equipped with ingredients to fight bad breath, plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. Therapeutic mouthwash helps to protect your mouth from gum disease and prevent tooth decay. Other benefits include the reduction of bacteria in the mouth and loosing food particles that may be stuck in hard-to-reach places.

Mouthwash should not be used as a substitute for brushing or flossing, but as another level of defense to keep your child’s smile cavity and disease-free. When shopping for a therapeutic mouthwash, search for one that has the American Dental Association seal on the label to ensure it is safe and effective to keep your child’s gums happy and healthy.

Get Regular Dental Cleanings

Even with maintaining good oral health at home, it is no substitute for visiting your child’s pediatric dentist for a professional cleaning.  Regularly scheduled dental appointments is essential for staying on top of dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Choosing a pediatric dentist for your child’s regular dental visits provides expert care tailored specifically to the unique dental needs of kids. Your child’s dentist will give tips on how to manage your child’s unique dental issues and help keep their gums and teeth in tip-top shape.

Contact Us Today with Questions about Gum Health!

Our talented and passionate pediatric dentists are experts in children’s dental care! Our team is here to help your child achieve a healthy smile for life. Contact Children’s Dentistry of Naples to schedule an appointment and we’ll answer all your questions about your child’s gum health!

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