Growing Smiles

Kelli Henderson dds (785) 856-5600
1425 Wakarusa Drive, Suite D
Lawrence, KS 66049

Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter what your age is. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.

Here are a few simple ways you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure to brush the top surface of your child’s tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles.
  • Clean between your child’s teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Printable instructions >

 

Brushing instructions
  • brushing diagram

    Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

  • brushing diagram

    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

  • brushing diagram

    Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

  • brushing diagram

    Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 

Flossing instructions
  • flossing diagram

    Flossing: Step 1

    Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.

  • flossing diagram

    Flossing: Step 2

    Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

  • flossing diagram

    Flossing: Step 3

    Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

  • flossing diagram

    Flossing: Step 4

    Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

 

Printable instructions >


If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!