Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

Introducing Brushing and Flossing in the Early Years

dca-blog_flossing-container-on-green

Teaching your child the importance of routine brushing and flossing can be a simple task, especially if you start early. Many family dentistry experts recommend wiping your baby’s gums with gauze or a soft cloth after feeding to help them become familiar with the sensations of routine dental care. As your child gets older, you can use your finger, wrapped with a soft cloth, to emulate brushing. Your child may begin using a toothbrush around ages two or three or when at least four teeth have come in. Recommendations vary by dental experts, so ask an affordable dentist in Springfield. As your child grows, help them become more involved in their dental care and make brushing and flossing an enjoyable experience with these tips.

  • Allow your child to select his or her first toothbrush, but ensure that it is a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for children. If the bristles are still too uncomfortable for your child, soak the toothbrush in warm water to further soften the bristles.
  • Most experts in family dentistry recommend the use of plain water for brushing up to the age of two. Talk to your dentist about your child’s specific needs. When choosing toothpaste, read the label—some brands are not recommended for children under the age of six. If you and your dentist determine that the use of toothpaste is suitable, use only a pea-sized amount on your child’s toothbrush.
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day—in the morning and just before bed. Spend two minutes brushing, concentrating a good portion of this time on the back molars. This is an area where cavities often first develop.
  • Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months or when signs of wear appear, whichever occurs first. Teach your child not to share his or her toothbrush.
  • When your child has two emerged teeth that touch, begin teaching him or her about the basics of flossing. Many parents find floss sticks or picks easier to use at this stage than traditional string floss.
  • Ask your dentist about your child’s fluoride needs, especially if your child is not regularly exposed to fluoridated drinking water; supplements or fluoride treatments may be necessary.
  • Dental sealants can offer helpful protection for cavity-prone teeth. Ask your dentist if you should consider dental sealants for your child. Dental sealants are plastic barriers that fill in gaps and spaces that may be particularly prone to collecting bacteria and debris.
  • Around the age of six or seven, your child should be coordinated enough to handle brushing and flossing on their own. Until this age, it is a good idea to not only assist and monitor your child’s brushing and flossing habits, but also to brush and floss with them. Leading by example is an ideal way to teach your child healthy dental care habits.

Remember, it’s never too early to start teaching your child about proper brushing and flossing. Routine dental care is a habit that can and should last a lifetime for the sake of your child’s health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Springfield, call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Springfield. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Springfield, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Springfield.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Concern; of all…
Sister L.
Really great dental group. They are extremely accommodating with appointments and availability. I really appreciate the quick and genuine service they provide. Highly recommend!
Casey H.
The saw me right away when I needed help the most.
Kenny D.
I called to get an Emergency appointment today…they for me in… I have to say I don’t like going to the dentist but this office was absolutely fantastic! All staff was extremely […]
Elizabeth B.
Friendly helpful professional staff
Gerald M.
i don’t know anyone who enjoys going to the dentist, I hate it! However I do like this dentist office. I feel comfortable there and the staff is very nice and friendly.
Joyel S.
Love Dr. Fee and all the folks at Gentle Dental. The office is run very efficiently, the staff is always kind and professional and my teeth are VERY well cared for.
Kimberly M.
I was having an emergency (I broke my front tooth in a gym accident). They were able to see me within the hour and quickly and painlessly repaired my tooth.
Amanda H.
Staff is very polite and professional
Christine P.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Fee, Rudy, Natalie, Kanesha, Kim, and the rest of the team. I’ve had everything from cleanings to root canals done at Gentle Dentle and now have […]
Larry D.
Wonderful service
Melissa T.
Very welcoming office, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
Patricia G.
Very friendly staff and excellent service. :)
Janet V.
Everyone at this dental office is very helpful and courteous
Audrey P.
My experience at this office has always been very good
Audrey P.
I love Gentle Dental of Springfield! The staff is courteous, pleasant, and professional. I’ve been to a number of dentist offices and by far this office is the best. I recommend anyone looking […]
Felicia F.
I use to have dental anxiety until I started going to Gentle Dental of Springfield. From the minute I walked in the door until I checked out they were nothing but friendly and professional. I set my […]
Sean
Staff are all friendly, caring and seem to be very good at their jobs!
Kathleen Z.
Good service
Nidia E.
I love the receptionist Tinya, she is always professional and on top of her game. She has a pleasant disposition that makes the experience, the rest of the staff is top notch!!
Lady O.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (484) 810-1247
Our Location