It's never too early to start your children on the road to a solid dental care routine. We recommend starting to teach your children proper brushing and flossing techniques as early as possible. When kids visit The Super Dentists, they will receive personalized coaching and encouragement for brushing and flossing teeth. After all, we want kids to have the superpower to keep their teeth for their lifetime. For in between visits, we've created a video to empower kids to be super heroes of good dental care with proper brushing and flossing.
Having them choose a toothbrush they love, like The Super Toothbrush, will show kids brushing can be fun. They can select from some of their favorite Super Dentists characters, and if they can't decide, there's the Collector's Edition set of four! Using the magic of augmented reality, our Tooth Keri character, pops out of the sticker you put on your bathroom mirror, and teaches your kids how to brush and floss. The Super Toothbrush has a two-minute tooth brushing song so you know they're brushing long enough. You can purchase The Super Toothbrush in any of our six offices for a special Super Patient price or on Amazon.
Advice for Super Parents
- "What is the best toothbrush for my child?" is one of the questions we receive most from parents. Dr. Kami Hoss, our co-founder, explains some factors you should consider.
- Another question we get is, "What is the best kind of toothpaste for my child?" Dr. Hoss to the rescue again with what to consider when making that decision.
- Brush at least two times every day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste (children under six years old should only use a pea-sized amount and be instructed not to swallow).
- Brush using gentle, short strokes and pay attention to every tooth front and back including at the gumline. Brush the chewing surface of each tooth and your tongue. Make sure you thoroughly clean areas that have had dental work such as fillings and crowns.
- A soft bristle toothbrush is recommended, and a small brush head can make it easier to reach back teeth. Powered toothbrushes can be more effective at removing plaque and food particles, but a manual brush does a great job, too.
- Floss at least once a day, perhaps before bedtime. Wrap the dental floss around your fingers and gently go along each tooth making a C shape. Move the dental floss up and carefully down to the gumline. Flossing reaches places your toothbrush cannot.
- Find a dental floss that you find most comfortable, whether it be unwaxed or waxed. It also comes in a variety of flavors for your flossing enjoyment.
- Rinse to remove any debris.