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Oral Hygiene

When you visit Dr. Patrick Wilson at our office in Dover, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our pediatric dental work is of the highest quality. For best results we recommend that you help your children maintain great oral health with their personal oral hygiene routine. Dr. Wilson can help you establish a dental hygiene routine for your children that will keep your child's teeth healthy and white for years to come. If you have any questions about you or your child's current hygiene practices please ask us.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your child's mouth. Gums are essential to an oral hygiene routine as well. Dr. Wilson can help you understand how to clean and care for your child's gums and help them develop great oral hygiene habits. For maintenance and routine care our pediatric dentist provides dental cleanings and treatment for the gums and teeth at our office. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Care for Your Child's Teeth

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. It is important to start developing good oral hygiene habits at a young age to avoid some oral problems that can occur from neglect. Despite at-home care some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss unavoidable. However, most of us have a good deal of control over our oral health care.

The most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth each day.

The most common, treatable issue is the prevention of plaque build-up. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria, bits of food and other organic matter that forms on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque create acids that destroy tooth enamel and create holes called cavities. Plaque also leads to periodontal (gum) disease. This can become a serious infection that will damage bone and destroy the tissues around your teeth.

The best defense is to remove plaque before it has a chance to build up and cause problems. Brushing removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Brushing alone can’t reach between every nook and cranny so flossing between your teeth can remove plaque brushing can’t reach. You also can use other tools to keep your mouth and teeth clean. Ask Dr. Wilson what treatments are best for you and your children.