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Making Oral Hygiene Fun Gives Better Odds of Healthy Smiles for Life

Posted on 8/23/2018 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
Making Oral Hygiene Fun Gives Better Odds of Healthy Smiles for LifeAt our offices we love to see a smile on everyone's face. We love to see children who know how to take care of their teeth and that love to show off the work they do.

We know that the key to healthy smiles is good oral hygiene. Learning a few tips makes it possible of people of all ages to keep their happy smile for a long time.

The Basics of Oral Hygiene

When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, there are a few basic things that people of all ages should make sure they are doing.

•  Brushing - There are right ways and wrong ways to brush the teeth. A small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea) is put on the brush. The brush should be held at a 45-degree angle. It should move gently back and forth and brush all surfaces of the teeth. Brush the tongue to remove any bacteria.
•  Flossing - Children may need help flossing. The floss should be cut and formed into the shape of a C. Move it gently back and forth between all teeth and the backside of the teeth. Typically, people start flossing children's teeth at around 2 years old when at least 2 teeth are touching.
•  Timing - A child should brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes. Find a song to help them sing to know how long they are brushing their teeth.

Just doing the basics of brushing and flossing is important to a happy smile, but there are some other things to think about for the healthiest smile.

•  Diet -The food a child or adult eats will impact the way their smile looks. Foods that are high in sugar can damage teeth. Acidic fruit drinks are another problem. Hard candy or excessively chewy candy can damage the teeth and ruin the smile. There are also foods that are good for the teeth including water, yogurt and fruits and vegetables.
•  Regular Dental Visits - To keep a great smile visit the dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning.

A great smile is a way to open doors for just about anything. For more information about how to get and keep a great smile come in to our office and ask a few questions. We are ready to answer them.
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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics

453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224

Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

Tel: (530) 272-5522
Fax: 530-272-6245

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