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Children's Dentistry

Here at Bruce Burton Dental we believe that great dental habits are the key to a long lasting smile. We also believe that there is no better time to cement those habits than in childhood. Teaching your child the fundamentals of keeping their teeth clean early can give them the tools they need to keep their smile healthy for the rest of their life.

Flossing Tips for Kids

Flossing is so important to dental health. It can be hard for little kids to master a task like flossing, so we recommend that you floss for them starting around age three or four. Within a couple years they should be able to accomplish the task of flossing for themselves.

There are disposable flossing tools on the market that can make it easier for kids to floss but we can’t suggest them for kids under the age of ten without adult supervision. They do present a choking hazard!

Great Brushing Tips for Kids

Developing great habits for kids can often mean making things fun! There are a lot of fun themes available for kid’s toothbrushes these days – from super heroes to cartoon characters there is definitely a toothbrush out there that will spark your child’s imagination. We always suggest a brush with soft bristles, as hard bristled brushes run the risk of damaging teeth.

It’s not a bad idea to find a toothpaste that is fun. Like toothbrushes, there are plenty of different kinds of toothpaste marketed to kids. Try to find something with fluoride in it as that will go a long way to help keep their teeth clean and strong.

Once you have selected a brush and toothpaste it’s time to teach! Brushing technique is very important and if taught early can stick with your child for life. Try to teach them to start brushing on the same side of the mouth every time. By always starting on the same side of the mouth and progressing to the other side, nothing gets missed.

Brush strokes should be made in small circles on each tooth individually. Further, each surface of each tooth should be brushed – top, both sides, front, and back. Make sure not to miss the very back teeth!

Be sure to teach your child to spit the toothpaste into the sink as opposed to swallowing it.

Bring Them in for a Checkup!

We think it’s so important for your child to have a positive experience at the dentist. Many phobias of dental visits start when we are just kids. That’s why we are committed to giving your kids a safe, fun, and most important, calming visit.

As part of every trip to our office, you and your child can expect pleasant and easy to understand explanations of any and all questions that are asked of us. We make it our goal to give your child a pleasant experience every time they come to see us so they will look forward to seeing us again.

Please give us a call today at (541) 632-6355 to schedule your child’s appointment!

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Bruce Burton, DMD

1002 10th St, Suite 1
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 632-6355
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