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Santa Maria Essential At-Home Oral Care Tips
Nurturing healthy smiles for little ones
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Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services
Spanish-speaking pediatric dentist & staff
Promoting healthy smiles, preventing childhood dental problems
Did you know tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the US? At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help. Our expert, Dr. Pedersen, educates parents and kids on healthy habits for a lifetime of happy smiles. Discover our essential at-home oral care tips for a healthy smile that lasts.
The power of healthy habits
Teaching children the importance of good oral care sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Every aspect contributes to their dental well-being, from the foods they eat to how they brush and floss. Here are some key steps to safeguarding their precious smiles.
Prioritize nutritious foods and drinks
A healthy diet strengthens teeth and gums, preventing dental issues. Limit sugary or acidic foods and focus on nutrient-dense options like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and calcium-rich foods.
Brush teeth twice daily
Teach proper brushing techniques: hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, use short strokes, and brush for at least 2 minutes. Make it fun by brushing together and letting kids choose their toothpaste and toothbrush.
Nightly flossing removes debris, prevents plaque buildup, and protects against tooth decay and gum disease. If flossing is challenging, encourage rinsing after meals to remove food particles.
Replace toothbrushes regularly
Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or sooner if bristles fray. Bacteria accumulation and worn-out bristles hinder effectiveness and increase the risk of illness.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle
Promote physical activity, balanced diets, avoiding tobacco, and staying hydrated for overall well-being, including oral health.
Safeguard teeth during play and sports
Prevent injuries by teaching not to eat or chew while active, avoiding hard or sharp objects, wearing helmets and seatbelts, and considering mouthguards for sports and high-speed activities.
Hear from our patients
A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!
– Jasmine V.
Boost your kids’ at-home oral care with routine dental cleanings and exams!
Teaching your children proper at-home dental care as early as possible will help set the stage for good oral health throughout their entire lives. At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we can help support your child’s health with routine cleanings, exams, and comfortable and effective dental treatment.
Our friendly pediatric dental care team speaks Spanish and English and approaches every patient and family compassionately. We understand that going to the dentist can be stressful for kids, and we want to make the experience as gentle and welcoming as possible.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out what you can expect from your first visit. We can’t wait to welcome you and your child into our family!
Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted
We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.
No insurance? We’ve got you covered.
We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.
Our in-house discount plan includes:
- 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
- Discounts on any needed treatment
All Families Welcome
At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.
We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including pediatric sedation dentistry.
You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed