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At the heart of your child’s dental care plan are their brushing habits at home. Since it is a task that must be done twice a day and it carries critical responsibilities towards their oral health, it is important to know the right and wrong ways of brushing. Oral hygiene should never be taken lightly as you raise your kids. There are a few mistakes that kids (and parents) unintentionally make when it comes to brushing teeth. The following three tips can make sure you are on the right track:

#1 More Is Not Always Better
If you are trusting commercials or magazine ads to guide you on how much toothpaste to use, you are likely being steered in the wrong direction. Contrary to that nice big swirly glob of toothpaste that you see on TV, your child only needs a fraction of that amount to effectively clean his or her teeth. In fact, between the ages of 3 and 6, only a “pea size” amount of toothpaste is required. If your child is younger than 3, just a smear is needed (or about the size of a grain of rice). While it may be fun for your child to watch the suds foam as you scrub their teeth, using too much toothpaste could be putting your child at risk for fluorosis, a harmful condition that where too much fluoride is consumed. It is important that your child can spit out all of the toothpaste after each brushing session. Also, remember that more force is not better either. Plaque is a sticky yet soft substance that can be effectively removed by gentle brushing strokes.

#2 It’s Not a Race
It may be tempting to rush through your child’s brushing session in order to get them too bed or avoid the battle. However, it is highly recommended that your child brush for two full minutes, twice a day. Set a timer or use a fun dental app to ensure your child stays the course and gets the job done in a thorough manner.

#3 Don’t Go Solo Too Soon
Although your child may be ready to start brushing and flossing alone, they need to be able to tie their own shoe or write in cursive before you should relinquish the duty. Brushing and flossing require a certain level of dexterity and coordination to be done properly.

Dental Care Goes Beyond Brushing

While dental hygiene plays a leading role in keeping teeth healthy and strong, there are other factors that can drastically influence one’s oral health. It is also important that you help your family understand how their dietary habits can impact the health of their smile.

Consuming drinks and foods that are high in sugars and acids can wreak havoc on their pearly whites, regardless of how well they brush and floss. Timing is also important. Constant snacking throughout the day puts teeth at greater risk for damage because sugars and acids are allowed to linger for long periods of time. Drinking water or brushing after meals is the best defense against these harmful substances.

Oral habits are another point of concern when it comes to keeping your child’s smile in top condition. Help them understand that teeth are for chewing food – not tearing open a package or biting their nails. In addition, if your child plays sports, it is your job to encourage a mouth guard. A staggering number of sports-related injuries in children involve the mouth. Protect their smile during hard play just like you would the rest of their body.

Need A Dentist for Your Entire Family?

At Group Health Dental, we value the need to educate parents and children on proper brushing habits and other ways to care for teeth at home. If you have concerns about whether or not your child is following a proper oral hygiene routine or establishing good oral habits at home, please let us know. We are happy to help your child achieve the healthiest and most confident smile possible as they grow. Our New York practice proudly treats every member of your family in one comfortable and convenient place.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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