Dental Care FAQ
What is the proper way to floss?
Begin with a strip of floss roughly 18 inches long, looping it around both index fingers (or middle fingers). Begin by gently sliding the floss between each tooth to the gum line, and then upward and away from the gums. To remove more plaque, kids can also rub the floss gently up and down against the sides of the teeth while coming up and out.
How do mouth guards help preserve healthy smiles?
Whether the mouth guard is pre-made or custom made to conform perfectly to your child’s teeth, the idea is to create a barrier to protect teeth and gums from damage. The most common use case for mouth guards are sports activities. In the event of a collision or other form of impact, a mouth guard helps to spread out the force across a wider area, reducing the damage and the odds teeth will be knocked loose or the gums will be lacerated.
How do dental sealants work?
For more information, view our page on sealants. In a nutshell, though, sealants are a protective layer applied to teeth. Sealants begin as a liquid and are painted onto teeth, and then hardened with a special light. The sealants perfectly conform to the shapes and grooves of the teeth, protecting the teeth from acidic foods, tartar, and other build up that can erode tooth enamel. We recommend dental sealants for most children, and can apply them during a cleaning appointment.