Children's Dentistry

Lakes Region

Preventative Care

Fluoride | X-rays |Dental Sealants | Brushing InstructionsFlossing Instructions

As parents, we understand the importance of keeping our children’s teeth healthy and strong from an early age. That’s why we are dedicated to providing the best preventive dental care for kids in the the Lakes Region, White Mountains, North Country, and North Conway area.

We believe that preventive care is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth, and we are here to help your child get off to the best start. Contact us today to learn more about our pediatric preventive dental services and schedule your child’s appointment!

Fluoride

Think of a tooth’s top (chewing) surface as mountains with many grooves. When your child eats, food gets caught in those grooves.  Although daily brushing is essential, applying a dental sealant will enhance the ability to keep those hard-to-reach areas clean. A dental sealant flows into the grooves, “sealing” the tooth and reducing the probability of cavities. 

Radiographs (X-rays)

Radiographs  (or X-Rays) are an essential part of our diagnostic protocol.  Without them, dental conditions may go undetected. Dental X-Rays detect much more than dental cavities, and they allow the dentist to evaluate growth and development, bone health, pathology, and trauma. At Children’s Dentistry, we use the latest dental X-ray technology with very minimal exposure. 

Dental Sealants

Teeth are composed of many tiny pieces called molecules that attach to each other. These tiny pieces are constantly breaking apart throughout the day and reforming depending on our diet. Fluoride can be thought of as a “glue” for these pieces by keeping the molecules more tightly bound together and less prone to breaking apart. Topical fluoride treatment is effective in protecting children’s teeth and reducing cavities.

Brushing Instructions

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Brushing: Step 1

Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, as shown in the image. This allows the bristles to reach both the surface of the teeth and the gumline effectively.

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Brushing: Step 2

Employ a gentle, circular motion with your toothbrush. This technique helps to dislodge food particles and plaque without causing irritation to the gums.

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Brushing: Step 3

Ensure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Use a back-and-forth motion on the chewing surfaces to clean the grooves and pits thoroughly.

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Brushing: Step 4

For the inner surface of your front teeth, use the tip of your brush. Position the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes to clean this area effectively.

Flossing Instructions

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Flossing: Step 1

Wind 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers, using the opposite finger to take up used floss as you go.

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Flossing: Step 2

Guide floss between teeth with thumbs and index fingers, leaving about an inch taut.

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Flossing: Step 3

Gently saw the floss between your teeth, then hug it against a tooth in a ‘C’ shape and slide it into the gumline.