Preventative Oral Hygiene for Children

As a family dental practice that has served Sparks and Reno, NV for 40+ years, nothing makes us happier than teaching families and their children preventative oral hygiene habits and seeing healthy outcomes for years to come.

Teaching your children to have the right oral hygiene practices early on ensures they have better overall health and happier smiles for a lifetime, relieving the stress and burden of complications such as cavities and extensive dental restorations. In many cases, many of the restorative procedures we perform can be prevented with regular children’s dental exams and consistent oral hygiene practices at home.

Learn about the differences between a manual and an electric toothbrush for removing plaque and preventing tooth decay.

Here are a few hygiene tips:

  • Start cleaning an infant’s gums with a washcloth as soon as possible. This gets your child used to oral stimulation.
  • Start using an infant-sized toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of children’s fluoride toothpaste at the sign of the first tooth.
  • Schedule your child’s first dental visit when the first tooth erupts or by age 1.
  • Children need help brushing and flossing (yes, flossing too!) until approximately age 9.

As your top local children’s dentist, we can help your child establish a healthy at-home oral health routine through regular office visits at our Sparks or South Meadows locations.

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Learn how to properly brush your teeth to remove plaque and food particles and promote healthy oral hygiene.

Learn the proper technique for flossing to remove plaque and food particles under the gum line and in between teeth.


Here is how a professional fluoride treatment is given and how it helps develop strong teeth and prevent tooth decay.


No insurance? That’s okay! We offer a membership program that makes preventative oral hygiene affordable.

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