3 to 6 yr old

What are sealants? Does my child need them?

Sealants are a very effective preventive therapy against tooth decay. On the chewing surface of the baby and adult molars are pits and fissures, which are normal imperfections of these teeth. Sealants fill in these areas to protect them from decay. The depth and width of the pits and fissures varies from person to person.

Should I be flossing my child’s teeth?

Studies do not show that flossing is important in preventing tooth decay in young children. Brushing and proper diet are most important. We recommend flossing for a child who continues to get decay in between their teeth even after preventative measures have not worked. If there are spaces in between your child’s teeth, there is

How often should my child brush their teeth?

Brushing should be done first thing in the morning and at bedtime - after the final snack. Make sure your child uses only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. If your child doesn’t like the “tingly taste” of the toothpaste you’re using, keep searching until you find the taste they like. Make brushing a family

Should I be concerned about my child’s bite?

The bite (occlusion) of your child’s baby teeth is very important. Occlusion refers to how the teeth contact and work together. Problems of the bite can affect a child’s speech, jaw position, appearance and the ability to chew properly.Genetics determines the size and shape of the teeth and the growth and position of the jaw.