Drs. Cindy Weideman, Jeff Sue, Christopher Lee, and Rich Knight are caring Board Certified Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry with years of experience and knowledge. We are a second generation family fun specialty dental practice serving the children of Sacramento and surrounding areas for almost 45 years. It is our sincere desire to make every child’s dental experience an enjoyable one. We believe that a positive dental experience during childhood will result in an adult who not only maintains their own dental health but also will eagerly seek the same for their children. By treating our patients with kindness and respect, we hope to develop a positive relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.
Brushing & Flossing Tips
Children’s hands and mouths are different than adults. They need to use toothbrushes designed for children. Both adults and children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months.
Hold the brush at a 45 degrees angle towards teeth and gums. Move the brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.
- Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top, and bottom.
- Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.
- Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.
- Floss between teeth daily.
For most children, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge. Some suggestions for making tooth brushing less of a battle can include:
- Let your child brush your teeth at the same time.
- Let your child pick out a few toothbrushes with his favorite characters and giving him a choice of which one he wants to use each time (this will give him some feeling of control over the situation).
- Let your child brush his own teeth first (you will likely have to “help out”).
- Let your child read some children’s books about tooth brushing.
- Have everyone brush their teeth at the same time.
To help your child understand the importance of brushing, it can be sometimes fun and helpful to let them eat or drink something that will “stain“ their teeth temporarily and then brush them clean.
It can also be a good idea to create a “tooth brushing routine”. And stick to the same routine each day.
Nutrition & Cavity Prevention
With so little time in the day for all the activities your children are doing, it can be tempting to stop and get fast food instead of making a well-balanced meal at home. Some of the most common foods that result in tooth decay for children are apple juice, any sugary energy drink, soft processed or sticky foods (such as crackers, cereal or fruit rolls) that linger on the teeth, or sweetened coffee and tea drinks. Take the time to involve your kids in proper food selection and preparation. It is a gift that will stay with them a lifetime!
Ask your doctor about medications that may cause dry mouth, as saliva is necessary to wash away food. Some medicines are high in sugar, so brush after using them.
We recommend printing this custom tooth eruption chart and keeping track of your children’s’ progress. Don’t forget to place those lost baby teeth under your child’s pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Let us know if you have concerns about the pattern or difficulty of tooth loss or crowding.
Tooth Eruption Charts
Click on an image or link below to view a chart of interest:
Please note that some charts may need to be printed in Landscape mode.