Smiles For Tomorrow
Oral Home Care

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Oral Home Care

This section will review:

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Toothbrushing Technique
  • Flossing
  • Early Childhood Caries
  • Nonnutritive Sucking Habits

Caretakers should be counseled as to their role in infant oral hygiene. Information and guidance should be made available to plan a daily routine of plaque removal. This can be incorporated into the daily routine at bath time.

Gingivitis, the presence of gingival inflammation without bone loss, is common in children. A color change from pink to red, accompanied by bleeding and a loss of stippling of the gingival tissues, can be noted.

The most common cause of gingivitis is undisturbed, accumulated plaque at the gingival third of the tooth. Gingivitis is reversible. Instituting consistent and thorough daily plaque removal, the gingiva will return to good health.

Gingivitis
Gingivitis