Dr. LaRee Johnson and Dr. Clark Morris are the dentists for kids in Downtown Raleigh and in the North Raleigh/Wake Forest area! They believe that focusing on prevention is the best way to raise a cavity-free child! While preventive dental care is important throughout life, it is especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups, your child can help keep his or her smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
- If your child is under the age of 10, he or she needs help and supervision during brushing.
- Make sure your child brushes her teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure she brushes the top surface of her tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep her breath fresh!
- Make sure your child cleans between her teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen her breath if your child is able to spit well. Cavity-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Make sure your child eats a balanced diet, and avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your child's smile healthy.
- Remember to schedule regular checkups with us every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and exam.
- Ask us about dental sealants while you are here! Sealants are a protective coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where cavities often start.
- If your child plays sports, be sure to ask us about special mouthguards designed to protect your child’s smile.
- Brushing Instructions
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
- Flossing Instructions
Flossing: Step 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Flossing: Step 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Flossing: Step 3
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Flossing: Step 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
If it’s been six months or more since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule an appointment! Request your child's next appointment today through our website! It's that easy!