How Do You Keep Your Child’s Smile Clean?

Keeping teeth clean helps protect smiles from cavities, and also safeguards gum tissue against gingivitis. But how do we keep little smiles clean? From teeth cleanings to regular homecare and good oral hygiene habits, your El Paso, TX, dentists want to help your children enjoy healthy smiles free of cavities and poor gum health.

Brushing and Flossing

When we brush and floss, this removes food particles from on and between the teeth. Removing these particles prevents bacteria from breaking them down, a process that could lead to increased oral acidity and plaque buildup on the teeth, both factors in the onset of tooth decay and gingivitis. As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, they need to be cleaned twice a day. As children grow older, they will need to use an age-appropriate toothbrush and for kids three and older, a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes. Flossing is also key once teeth sit side-by-side, and children should floss every night before bed.

Dental Cleanings

Every six months, your child should have his or her teeth professionally cleaned. The procedure involves the dentist or one of our hygienists carefully removing plaque and tartar from the teeth. While brushing and flossing can limit how plaque accumulates, only a dental cleaning can remove this bacterial byproduct. The process only takes a few minutes, and helps your child enjoy a healthier smile, as well as brighter teeth and fresher breath. If your child has high risk factors for certain oral health concerns, such as gingivitis or gum disease, we may suggest visits every three to four months. Studies show that these visits not only help improve overall oral health, but reduce dental anxiety in children. We can discuss proper oral hygiene and tips for better brushing and flossing.

Healthier Choices

In addition to brush and flossing, and regular visits for cleanings, keeping smiles clean means consuming healthier foods and drinks. Cutting back on foods high in sugar and starch, and drinking more water instead of soda or energy drinks, prevents kids from leaving behind sugary and starchy particles on the teeth for bacteria to consume. Over time, this helps them avoid the onset of cavities. If you have any questions about keeping little smiles clean, or about our preventive approach to children’s dentistry, then please contact our team today. We would love to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health.


Our Sunny Smiles team wants to offer kids of all ages optimal oral health. To learn more about our approach to children’s dentistry, please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!