- Tips for Parents - Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children so focusing on prevention (ie good home oral hygiene) is key to keeping away the cavities.
- Halloween - Trick-or-Treating is fun but remember to make the best treat choices for healthy teeth.
- Holiday Habits - The holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits.
- Tooth Trauma - Active kids are susceptible to tooth trauma so use this highly-visual, easy-to-follow guide so family members, coaches, and babysitters know what to do should a tooth be chipped or knocked out.
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Our Ada Pediatric Dentistry team strives to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your child's teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for a toothbrush for your child is that he or she actually uses it. If they achieve unsatisfactory results from the toothbrush, it's more likely than not that they either aren't brushing long enough, or using the correct technique.
Many children simply do not brush long enough. To effectively reach all areas and scrub off cavity-causing bacteria, your child should brush his teeth at least two to three minutes twice a day.
Which toothbrush is best? In general, a toothbrush head should be small (1" by 1/2") for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums. It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp. It should have soft nylon bristles (natural bristles tend to harbor bacteria) with rounded ends so you won't hurt your gums. Medium and hard bristles are not recommended.
Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. (If your child is sick, you should change the toothbrush at the beginning of an illness and after they feel better.) Be sure to change the toothbrush (or toothbrush head if it is an electric toothbrush) before the bristles become splayed and frayed. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infection such as gingivitis (bleeding gums) and periodontitis (inflammation or infection of the gums that goes untreated and spreads to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth.). Periodontitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. This disorder is uncommon in childhood but increases during adolescence.