Oral Hygiene

Expert Dentists & Orthodontists in Scottsdale & North Phoenix, AZ

At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics (APDO for short), we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile that they feel truly proud to show off. Ourexpert pediatric dentists and orthodontic specialists work closely with our patients, designing comprehensive treatment plans to help patients of all ages achieve a new smile. We're proud to provide dental cleanings, braces, Invisalign, and a variety of other treatments to our patients, but equally important is your own at-home oral hygiene regimen.

How to your Brush Teeth Properly

Brushing is the foundation of oral hygiene, but it can present a bit of difficulty for children. For that reason, we recommend helping your child brush their teeth until around age 8. 

1. To start, we recommend brushing your child's teeth for 1 minute without toothpaste, as this will help you see into your child's mouth and spot any problem areas. 2. Next, use fluoridated toothpaste and brush for one more minute. Use a tiny shmear of toothpaste for children aged 1-2, then use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste after your child turns 2. 3. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective at removing bacteria, but we recommend the Gum Crayola spin brush if you're unsure which to choose.

How to Floss Teeth

Equally important to brushing is flossing, as only flossing can clean the areas between the teeth. You should start flossing your child's teeth as soon as the spaces between the teeth are too narrow to clean with a toothbrush, which usually occurs around ages 3-4. If your child is wearing braces or has difficulty flossing and is over age 6, there's a Waterpik oral irrigator designed specifically for children that can help. 

Contact Your North Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ Pediatric Dentists

Oral hygiene is the foundation of any healthy smile, and by following these simple instructions, you can protect your child's teeth and set the foundations for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about how to care for your child's teeth, or go ahead and use our easy online form if you'd like to schedule a consultation. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you or your child achieve a dream smile!