Oral Hygiene Instructions

According to the Office of the Surgeon General, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions. Help prevent lost school days by following the 2-2-2 rule!

What is the 2-2-2 rule?

A dental professional will demonstrate/explain to your child, in age appropriate language, the proper way to brush and floss their teeth. It’s recommended that children follow the 2-2-2 rule: Visit your dentist TWO times a year, brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO minutes.

2-2-2 Rule for Babies

When there are no teeth, you can wipe the gums with a clean, damp cloth. Brush the teeth with a toothbrush when they first come in. Use regular baby toothbrush with soft bristles. Use VERY little toothpaste on the brush. The amount of a pea should last for several brushings. If you child is under age 2, don’t use fluoridated toothpaste. Brush twice a day, but night time is most important. Sit on the floor, put your child’s head in your lap, and brush away. Don’t let the crying scare you! All you are doing is cleaning and preventing cavities. It is recommended that all children be seen for a dental check up by the age of 1.