Oral Hygiene For Kids

Children’s Dental Hygiene in Sammamish, WA


Dental hygiene starts at home but can be greatly helped with the advice of our board-certified pediatric dentist. When you visit, we assess the health of your child’s teeth and gums, plus we look at how their daily hygiene routine has contributed. We may show your child some brushing techniques or offer some kind advice on how you can help them improve.

Please be assured we are not judging or lecturing, rather, we help your family employ good hygiene through fun games and expert advice. We’ll use this time to provide fluoride treatments and dental cleanings, as necessary.

Setting a solid oral hygiene routine from a young age can have benefits that last a lifetime. We view all patients as if they were our kids so only want the very best for them and their teeth.



We are firm believers in preaching what we practice! As a parent and a practitioner Dr. Jumani understands that maintaining optimal oral hygiene for kids can be a challenge. Our goal at Nurture Kids Dentistry is to ensure that your family remains cavity free and to achieve this we counsel each family on their oral hygiene practices and try to tailor an approach that works best for them.



It is important to inculcate healthy dental habits in kids when they are young. Kids are more prone to cavities as the enamel on baby teeth is thinner, it is also harder to control what kids are eating throughout the day and this ultimately contributes to them getting more cavities. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease – 5 times more common than asthma and 20 times more common than diabetes. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “Children between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not visited a dentist with the past 12 months are more likely to have caries in their primary teeth.”

FAQs About Kids’ Oral Hygiene

When should oral hygiene begin?

Oral hygiene should begin as soon as the first teeth erupt in the mouth. During the initial stages it may be in the form of wiping the gums and the teeth after each feeding, as teeth begin to erupt it may take shape in the form of using a silicone chewy toothbrush, and ultimately using a conventional toothbrush and an age appropriate quantity of toothpaste.

How can I teach my child to practice good oral hygiene?

Starting young and staying persistent is they key to developing good and healthy long-term habits. Toothbrushing can be a challenge in the initial weeks and months. It gets easier overtime, as kids realize that this is a part of their routine and as they observe you brushing your teeth as well.

What are the basics of oral hygiene?

The basics of oral hygiene are brushing your teeth and tongue two times a day for two minutes each. As kids get older and their teeth begin to come in contact with each other, it is very important to add flossing to their hygiene regimen. Until kids can write cursive, tie their own shoelaces or can use a fork and knife efficiently, they are not ready to be completely trusted with independent tooth brushing.

What are the benefits of good oral health in children?

The mouth is the gateway to the body. As a result, good oral and dental health are very closely interconnected with overall well being. Clean and well-cared-for teeth have the added benefit of positively impacting children’s speech, diet and self-esteem.

Our Services


Nurture Kids is a full service pediatric dentistry offering:
Dental Exams | Oral Hygiene | Dental Crowns | Orthodontics | Sealants

Dr. Jumani also specializes in:
Emergency Pediatric Dentistry | Special Needs Dentistry | Sedation Dentistry

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