School’s In: Brush Up On Dental Care

It’s time for a pop quiz!

Schools will be starting classes before we know it. To help you get in the back-to-school spirit, we have a few questions.

Don’t worry. They aren’t difficult to answer.

Do you care about your family’s oral health?

Do you want your family to receive routine cleanings at a dentist office?

Do you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA?

If you answered yes to those questions, then we would encourage you to call the office of Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. before the school year begins.

One last question: would you rather know that your children’s teeth are healthy now or try to find time to visit the dentist after homework, practices, and other school activities have become a bigger part of your family schedule?

Pediatric Care

Our staff is glad to provide pediatric dentistry for families in and around Fredericksburg. We know you want your children to be as healthy as possible, and that includes doing things to keep them free of tooth decay and gum disease.

At our office, we like to see children for the first time between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. (If you have a concern or question before that age, we would welcome and encourage you to come then as well.)

One of our goals is the build a rapport with your son or daughter. This is an important part of what we do during his or her first visits with us. We want your children to feel comfortable when they come to see us.

In the long-term, this can reduce dental anxiety as children get older. And that can make coming to the dentist easier on them, on you, and on the dentist or hygienist who is cleaning their teeth.

Show And Tell

Most, if not all, of us are familiar with show and tell from our own days in school.

We have our own version at the Moss dental office. During our show and tell, we teach patients how to keep their teeth free from cavities.

We are happy to demonstrate to your children how they should brush and floss their teeth.

As a quick refresher, children (and the parents) should brush their teeth twice a day. Each time you brush, you should scrub your teeth for two minutes while using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

To help make sure you are brushing for two minutes, you can use a stopwatch or you can download a free app for your smartphone or tablet like Disney Magic Timer or Aquafresh Brush Time. These are just two of many free apps available to use. Find one that will help make brushing fun.

Flossing daily is also essential for your oral health. Flossing is how you clean the spaces that you can’t reach with a toothbrush — between your teeth and below your gumline.

You can use dental floss, water flosser (which use streams of water to clean those hard to reach places), or flossers (which have short handles and a U-shaped opening with a piece of floss on one end).

Extra Credit

You can expect a professional cleaning and examination whenever you bring your children to our office for a routine visit.

We will check for any problems and any changes in the alignment of your son or daughter’s teeth. We will remove plaque and tartar, and we will give their teeth a good polish, too.

But we can also do more if you want to take your preventive efforts a little further.

Fluoride treatments are a great option for every member of your family. This mineral can help in the fight against cavities by repairing minor damage to your enamel and strengthening this outer layer of your teeth.

Dental sealants are another service that parents may want to consider. Believe it or not, some children don’t always brush and floss their teeth like they should. Some children also like to eat sweets.

Both of these things can increase their risk of developing cavities, and their molars (the tooth in the back of our mouths) are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities. By placing dental sealants on those teeth, you have created a barrier between the bacteria that cause tooth decay and your child’s teeth.

Any Questions?

You don’t have to raise your hand if you a have question for the staff at the Moss dental office. You can call us at (540) 369-4926 or use our online contact form.

While you are here, today would be a great day to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Fredericksburg, VA.