Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS
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How to Keep Your Child's Smile Healthy

February 19, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Ron Quade
little boy brushing his teeth

You want your teeth to last a lifetime, but healthy teeth don’t happen by accident. That’s why at Kalaheo Dental Group, we recommend starting with good oral health habits young. The following four tips can help provide your child with dental success for the rest of their life.

  1. Choose the Right Toothbrush: The bristle on your toothbrush can damage your enamel if it's too hard.  Children especially may put too much pressure with their strokes, so invest in a soft, comfortable toothbrush.  Be sure that the toothbrush fits comfortably in your child's mouth and switch it out every six months or after an illness.
  2. Fluoride Toothpaste: Fluoridated toothpaste prevents cavities and cleans teeth thoroughly.  Avoid toothpaste with ingredients like charcoal, which might be abrasive to your enamel.  Always ensure that your child spits out all of the toothpaste.
  3. Floss Every Day: Flossing is essential for cleaning the areas of your tooth that your toothbrush cannot reach.  Flossing should be done once per day, and the space between each tooth should be flossed.  Kids dentistry is important to our dental team in Kalaheo.  If you have any questions on proper flossing techniques, feel free to schedule a dental visit with us.
  4. Drink Lots of Water: Water is so amazing for our health, our skin, and our teeth.  Drinking after meals can help wash away food debris and sugar that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.  A dry mouth can be harmful to the enamel of our teeth and pH balance.  Encouraging your child to drink plenty of water is beneficial on all levels.

Brushing and flossing are the foundational building blocks of a healthy smile. Kalaheo Dental Group is here to answer any questions about how to avoid bad oral hygiene. Twice daily brushing followed with these four tips will help keep your child healthy and thriving.

We look forward to seeing your family for their dental cleanings and examinations, which we will customize based on your needs!  Malama your mouth!

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