With school starting soon, we thought it would be a good idea to go over the
ABC’s of healthy smiles.
A- Always brush &; floss twice a day. Lead by example and make oral care a family
affair. Use a toothpaste with fluoride! Using fluoride is one of the greatest ways you can
protect your child’s teeth from decay. Start brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth
erupts. Starting at an early age helps to create healthy brushing habits. Don’t forget
about flossing between teeth as soon as they’re touching. Otherwise, you’ll miss 40% of
tooth surfaces. If you’d like a tutorial on how to help your child floss, we’re always happy
to demonstrate. Make sure your twice daily brushing sessions last for two minutes.
Follow us on social media for tooth brushing tunes to make this time more entertaining.
Brushing for the duration of each song will make the recommended two minutes go by
fast! (We post a song every Sunday for this exact reason!)
B- Bring your child to Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry twice a year for a cleaning and
check up starting when their first tooth erupts. Twice yearly visits set a good foundation
for a lifetime of healthy smiles. The health of your child’s baby teeth plays a big role in
determining the health of their adult teeth. Keeping their little chompers free from
cavities and decay is also very important for their overall health. Starting by your child’s
first birthday allows us to identify potential issues early. It also gets your children used to
dental visits as a normal part of life. Our friendly, brightly colored office is designed to
ease anxiety and normalize cleanings. If your child is nervous about visiting our
pediatric dental practice in Lake Forest, CA, you are welcome to schedule a time to just
come in and say hello- we call these Happy Visits! We’ll show your family around and
introduce them to our wonderful staff.
C- Choose healthy food to grow strong bodies and teeth. Healthy teeth and gums
come not only from brushing, flossing, and visiting Dr. Nasem Dunlop at Treehouse
Pediatric Dentistry in Orange County, but from the inside! What you put on your family’s
dinner table has a big impact on their dental health. The vitamins and minerals in
healthy foods help strengthen enamel, and keep inflammation in check with their
antioxidants. On the other hand, sugar, and food that is known to cause decay, will
weaken enamel and cause cavities. When your family is indulging in candy, chocolate is
always preferable to gummy, sticky candies which are difficult to get out of the grooves
As always, call our best pediatric dentist in orange county office with questions.