Dental Hygiene Specialist

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry located in Hollywood, FL

Good dental health comes with sustained and rigorous dental hygiene practices. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Claudia Rodriguez, DDS, and her team help children and teenagers living in or around Hollywood, Florida, develop comprehensive dental hygiene routines to ensure the long-lasting health of their teeth and gums. Get in touch today by phone or through the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

How important is it to brush your teeth? 

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important ways to keep your teeth healthy and clean. As you go about your day, eating your favorite foods and drinking your favorite beverages, plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. 

Generally speaking, plaque forms as a result of starch and sugar in your food. These compounds can eventually lead to gum irritation and sensitivity if you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene.

When you brush your teeth, you’re in effect getting rid of food and beverage residue, as well as removing any early-stage plaque and tartar buildup. 

At the very least, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, though it’s always better to brush your teeth after a meal. 

Depending on your child’s situation, the team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry can recommend various toothpaste brands that uniquely address the state of your teeth and gums. 

How do you brush your teeth? 

During your appointment at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, the team can help you and your child craft the most effective teeth-brushing routine. Your dentist also tells you how to brush like a professional: 

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
  • Brush in back-and-forth and tooth-wide motions
  • Brush the inner and outer chewing surfaces equally
  • For front teeth: Brush up and down
  • Finish by brushing your tongue

To maintain oral health, consider changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. When the bristles are significantly worn out, it’s time for a change. 

What are the benefits of flossing? 

If brushing is an essential step in keeping up with your oral health, flossing is next in line. Brushing allows you to clean the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing, however, allows you to get to the areas in between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.

Failure to maintain a regular flossing routine can cause severe plaque buildup, which can lead to the development of tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay. 

Talk to a team member at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry about how to become diligent about flossing. 

How often should you see a dentist? 

As a rule of thumb, you should book an appointment with a dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry twice a year, though every person is different. Your dentist may recommend that you come in more often if you have complex dental issues or a family history of dental complications. 

During your appointment, your dentist performs a routine oral exam and cleans your teeth professionally. 

Take control of your dental hygiene. Call or use online booking today to set up an appointment at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry.