Oral Hygiene: Why Kids Need to Brush, Floss and Rinse

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Oral hygiene is very important for adults, but did you know it’s also important for kids? Well, it’s true. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing with mouthwash daily (if the child does not swallow the rinse), and attending checkups every six months can help your child and their smile in a myriad of ways. To help you understand, our dentists, Dr. John and Dr. Olson are happy to explain. Oral hygiene is important and recommended because:

-It can teach them how to care for their smile now and in the future. By cleaning their teeth and gums at an early age, they learn how to keep their smile in tip-top shape. They also learn that oral hygiene is important and necessary. This can help them make oral hygiene a priority as they get older.

-It can help them avoid dental issues. Cleaning the smile regularly can help eliminate bacteria in the mouth that promote dental issues, like cavities and gum disease. It’s important to remove the bacteria often. Unfortunately, your child’s smile can be vulnerable to problems as an infant.

-It can help them maintain healthy primary teeth. Although this might seem pointless because primary teeth eventually fall out, primary teeth are important. They help your child properly eat, chew and speak. They also help guide the permanent teeth into place down the road.

Call Carson City Pediatric Dentistry and Dayton Pediatric Dentistry today at 775-461-3800 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral hygiene in Carson City, Nevada. The more you know, the better, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!