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Redmond Kids Dentistry May 2020 Newsletter
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How to Keep Loose Teeth Clean Until They Come Out

Many of our patients ask us how they can make sure that their child’s loose tooth stays as clean as possible until it is ready to be removed or falls out on its own. For young ones getting ready to shed that baby tooth and make way for its adult counterpart, we offer a couple of suggestions to make the process as simple as it can be, all while making sure to keep the rest of the mouth healthy during this time:

Light Brushing
It won’t be possible to give the full effort when brushing those pearly whites while there is a loose tooth in the set. Even though you should always make sure that your child is never brushing too hard, during this time period you need to make sure that it is even softer than usual, particularly in the area of the soon-to-be tooth fairy’s claim. Gently going over the tooth’s region with the same type of small, circular strokes will do the trick.

Rinsing
Another method that is also helpful in keeping teeth clean when the regular brushing routine gets disrupted is to simply rinse with mouthwash and/or saltwater. The mouthwash will keep the teeth and mouth clean and remove excess food particles, while the saltwater will help sterilize and keep the bacteria down. Eating softer foods which rinse easier and don’t get stuck down between teeth is also helpful.

To learn more about oral health care while expecting a tooth to soon fall out, give our office a call and we will be more than glad to assist you further.

Most Important Times to Wear a Mouthguard

Mouthguards may be used for sports, but we also prescribe specific dental guards to help those who grind their teeth. The most important times to wear a mouthguard is primarily when you are sleeping. Grinding of the teeth while sleeping can become a normal occurrence, which can cause sensitivity and damage to the enamel. Leaving your mouthguard on during bedtime allows you to protect your teeth and avoid the negative effects of bruxism (grinding). It’s also best to wear your mouthguard during moments that may cause you to have or feel anxiety. If an activity you know causes you to grind, throw that mouthguard in to protect your teeth and gums!

If you or your child suffer from a sore jaw or from grinding teeth regularly, give us a call to learn more about the importance of mouthguards.

Benefits of Having Small Children Use Manual Toothbrushes

We often are asked about the differences between manual and electric toothbrushes for smaller children; particularly which option may be best for them. While electric toothbrushes have become very popular among both adults and children, we often recommend sticking to the manual version, at least until the routine of proper brushing has been fully learned.

Using a manual toothbrush can help develop both gross and fine motor skills and also teaches them the proper technique for brushing, without having the brush do it for them. You may be surprised to learn that the same motor skills needed to tie a shoelace also are needed to properly brush your teeth! For this reason, we also recommend that parents assist their young children in brushing until their child has the skills to tie their own shoes. To learn even more reasons why it is best to keep your child using a manual toothbrush during their early years, please give our office a call to speak with one of our helpful staff members.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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