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How can kids maintain a healthy smile?

Want to keep your smile forever? Watch as Dudley explains how to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.


Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Maintaining a healthy smile begins with simple, methodical tooth brushing. Children should learn to brush their teeth from their parents. They should see their parents brush their teeth every morning and every night as they are growing up. The parents should make a big deal out of helping children brush their teeth as soon as they are old enough to cooperate. As children have their teeth brushed, they will get the hang of it and want to do it themselves. Parents should let them get started but always follow up and make sure the job is getting done. Children should be taken to the dentist early and often so that their teeth can be cleaned and checked. The dentist and staff will reinforce the brushing and flossing that is happening at home and give additional instruction when necessary. Developing healthy oral hygiene begins at home and it supported by the professionals at your dentist's office.

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