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Helping Your Children Keep Their Teeth Clean

How your family dentists in Neenah, WI can help your children enjoy healthy smiles.

When you teach your children how to effectively clean their teeth, you are doing a lot to ensure they enjoy healthy smiles. Your family dentists can help. Dr. James Kramer and Dr. Stephanie Kramer at Kramer Family Dentistry in Neenah, WI offer a full range of preventive dental care services, including oral hygiene instruction and cleanings to help your kids enjoy healthy smiles for life.

Getting rid of plaque is the goal of any great oral hygiene program. You need to teach your children how to remove plaque thoroughly because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that can destroy teeth and soft tissue.

You can help your children keep their teeth clean by teaching them to:

  • Brush their teeth after meals and before they go to bed; they should always use a toothpaste containing fluoride, for extra protection against tooth decay.
  • Have your children gently brush in a circular motion, along the gumline and over all the surfaces of the teeth.
  • Hint: sometimes it’s easiest to have your child use an electric toothbrush, especially if your child has dexterity issues.
  • Floss at least once each day; teach your children to wrap the floss around the widest part of each tooth, making a “C” shape as they floss between each tooth.

Hint: sometimes it’s easiest to have your child use a floss pick. They come in kid-friendly shapes to make flossing fun for kids.

You can teach flossing when your children are around 4 years old, and they should be flossing without your help by the time they are 8.

One of the best ways to teach your children healthy oral hygiene habits is to practice them yourself. Have your kids see you brushing and flossing regularly and they will want to follow your great example.

It’s easy to teach your children how to keep their teeth clean, and your family dentist wants to help. To find out more about children’s dental services, call Dr. James Kramer and Dr. Stephanie Kramer of Kramer Family Dentistry in Neenah, WI at (920) 725-2533. Call today.

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