Preventative Homecare Recommendations in Coeur d'Alene, ID

The Kids Dental team partners with parents to develop a customized plan for care at home based on the child’s needs.

Establishing a daily dental routine solidifies good habits at a young age. Kids Dental recommends the following for effective homecare:

  • Brushing: Brush for two minutes twice daily. For children under the age of 3 use a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For ages 3 to 6 a pea-size amount is recommended.
  • Flossing: Teeth should be flossed daily with a particular focus where the teeth do not have open contacts. Child flossers are usually the easiest way to floss for your child.
  • Nutrition: A healthy diet is critical to cavity prevention and includes guidance for solids and liquids:
    • 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
    • Drink only water between meals
  • Mouthguards: A properly fitting mouthguard can greatly decrease the risk of dental injury during sports and other physical recreation. Learn more about Kids Dental’s mouthguard recommendations here.
  • Cavity Risk Quiz: Our cavity risk quiz is an easy way to assess your child’s cavity risk evaluating some of the more common risk factors.

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