Oral Hygiene Counselling


Information on Oral Hygiene


Oral hygiene is an important part of your child’s daily routine. In general here are some recommendation for maintaining good oral hygiene:

Brush teeth twice a day.

  • The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the use of fluoride toothpaste based on the child’s caries risk.
  • For children with moderate to high risk of caries, we recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • The amount of fluoride toothpaste that is placed on the toothbrush depends on your child’s age/size.
    • For children under age 3: the amount of fluoride toothpaste is a grain of rice.
    • For children ages 3-6: the amount of fluoride toothpaste is a pea size.
  • Do not rinse after brushing.
  • Floss between teeth as soon as teeth are touching each other. It is possible to find floss with fluoride impregnated in the floss or to dip the floss in toothpaste and floss between teeth. Floss every night.
  • Maintain a well balanced diet. Limit sugary and starchy food intake as these produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try eating them with a meal instead of as a snack. The extra saliva produced during a meal will help remove food from the mouth.
  • Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.


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