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In honor of October’s National Dental Hygiene month, Sugarbug Dental & Orthodontics joins the rest of the country in encouraging the daily oral care practice that will help promote your child’s healthy teeth and gums as their smiles develop. We also acknowledge the hard work our dental hygienists put forth every time your child comes in for their biannual dental exam and cleaning!

At-home dental hygiene is the root of your child’s healthy smile. Your daily efforts to help them clean their chompers, along with their six months professional dental cleanings with our hygienist, make for an unbeatable team when it comes to creating and maintaining your child’s best oral health. As a parent, this means you want to teach them good oral hygiene habits that will serve their smile for the rest of their lives.

Tips for Better Oral Hygiene

-Brush your child’s teeth (or help THEM brush their own teeth) twice a day for two minutes each time. Using a creative, child-sized toothbrush can help make brushing more fun for them.

-Floss their teeth at least once a day; before bedtime is a great time to prep them for bed and get rid of bad bacteria from setting up camp overnight in their mouth while they snooze.

-Rinsing with a children’s mouthwash can get rid of any lingering bad bacteria left behind after brushing and flossing, but only when you know they will spit it out and not swallow it. Finding a mouthwash with fluoride in a flavor they enjoy will make this more fun for them. There’s even some that change color when the rinse meets up with bacteria and food particles! This can help them see how good they are doing when they spit it out and see the color difference.

You can also motivate your child to take good care of their teeth by enlisting the Tooth Fairy’s help, especially when you tell them that she rewards healthy teeth more than decayed ones! If you want to learn more about your child’s dental hygiene in Oxnard, California, please call our caring team at (805) 985-2400 today!