We all want our children’s check-ups at the dentist to go smoothly. Here are some tips that will help your child have a healthy mouth and smile…


Today’s parents are giving their children more spring and/or purified water, rather than tap water. However, most purified/spring waters do not include the fluoride that your child needs. Read the labels to see if fluoride has been added to the water. If not, talk to your child’s dentist about fluoride supplements.

The Magic Number… 2

It is important to remember that children need to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time (hence, the magic number 2). Preferably, morning and right before bed. If your child is 9 or older he or she should be able to brush their teeth independently. However, if your child is 8 years old or younger, a parent/guardian should be assisting with at least 1 out of the 2 daily brushes. It would be best if the child received the assistance with the second brushing before bed. Don’t forget that flossing is important as well since the bristles of the brush can’t reach the areas in between the teeth. Make this step part of the nightly routine.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a clear protective coating that can be put on your child’s teeth by their dentist that will protect their teeth and prevent cavities. Talk to your child’s dentist for more information about dental sealants.

Good Food Choices

Reminding your child to avoid highly acidic and sugary foods will help increase the health of their teeth. Teaching children about making good food choices will be a life lesson that will help maintain their overall health.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

It is a good idea to have your child’s teeth cleaned twice a year (every 6 months). Most insurances cover this cost as a preventive care treatment. Routine check-ups are vital to maintaining or improving the health of your child’s mouth and smile.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.