Tooth Care Handbook

At Alligator Dental our goal is to help parents establish a foundation for their child’s healthy mouth – and to make going to the dentist A LOT MORE FUN!

We created this Tooth Care Handbook to provide parents with the best ways to care for their child’s teeth.

Click on the following links for tips and tools to make your child’s mouth healthy & happy!

Brushing

Brushing 2x’s a day keeps the cavity bugs away!

All children need to brush their teeth at least two times a day: in the morning after breakfast & at night before bedtime. By disturbing and removing the plaque formation twice a day, parents can minimize or eliminate their child’s potential for tooth decay.

For younger children: A parent should brush the teeth using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. As the child gets older and you see they have the dexterity and patience to properly take care of their teeth, you may give over the task to them. But do periodically monitor their care.

Best Materials & Methods:

  • Toothpaste should be approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Toothbrushes should be the proper size, small is better than bigger. Always use a soft nylon brush.
  • Brush teeth in a circular manner. This will prevent toothbrush abrasion, excessive wear of the enamel at the gum line.
  • A toothbrush should be replaced when it is worn with the bristles splayed, or after more serious colds, infection, Strep throat, etc.
Flossing

Floss only the teeth you want to keep!

Flossing helps remove plaque buildup between teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Use a gentle up and down motion to get between each tooth.

Remember the old saying: Only floss the teeth you want to keep.

Watch the video for detailed instructions on how to safely and effectively floss teeth.

Dental Sealants

Sealants are the best anti-cavity invention!

Sealants protect the occlusal surfaces, inhibiting bacterial growth and providing a smooth surface that increases the probability that the surface will stay clean. The ultimate goal of sealants is penetrating into the pit and fissures of the tooth and sealing them from bacteria.

Sealants don’t take long to complete and can be added to your child’s regular checkup. Ask your doctor if sealants are right for your child!

Indications for Use

Patients with the following circumstances should be evaluated as candidates for sealant placement:

  • Children and teenagers when they are in their “cavity prone years” – as a preventative measure
  • Xerostomia (decreased salivation)
  • Undergoing orthodontic treatment
  • Evidence of incipient caries – white spots that indicate the beginning of a cavity
  • Prone to cavities

Primary molars also can benefit from the placement of sealants.

Regular Dental Checkup

The American Dental Association and Alligator Dental recommend scheduling a regular dental check up every 6 months.

Prevention is the best philosophy. Regular dental checkups help facilitate the following for your child:

  • Maintain a healthy, disease free mouth
  • Early detection of disease
  • Prompt treatment of dental problems
  • Avoid lengthy and costly repair procedures that occur with advanced disease or decay

Check our our Consequences of No Treatment educational videos to see what happens to damaged teeth that are left untreated.

Consequences of No Treatment

Causes For Sensitive Teeth Progression of Dental Decay Crack Tooth Syndrome
 

 

Failure to Treat Dental Abrasion