Regular, thorough brushing is a very important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes his teeth after feeding or eating.


Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. After brushing your child's teeth at night, make sure he/she does not eat or drink anything except water. Remember that most children under 8 years old do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively. You must help them brush every night. If you find it difficult to brush your child's teeth, our team can demonstrate different techniques during your dental visit.


Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.