6-12 years

“It is reasonable to expect that a child can graduate from high school without any cavities. However, this result requires a strong partnership between parent, child and pediatric dentist.” –American Association of Pediatric Dentists

Encourage your child and help them take charge of their own oral health.

FACT: The American Dental Association recommends tooth brushing twice a day for 2 minutes.

  • Parent assisted brushing and flossing is encouraged until the age of 8 when most children can brush thoroughly and properly on their own.  
  • To ensure brushing for a full two minutes, place a timer in the bathroom, this can be on a watch, cellphone or a timer that is used for cooking.
  • Be sure to praise your child when they take do a good job with their brushing and flossing.
  • Each time your child visits our office, we will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with them and give them feedback on how they’re doing.

FACT: Dental sealants have been scientifically shown to help prevent cavities on the chewing surface of teeth.

  • Sealant is a protective coating that flows into the deepest grooves of the chewing surface; areas that are too small to effectively clean with a toothbrush
  • Sealants are quick and easy to place
  • Sealants most often recommended on the permanent molars and premolars but may be recommended for baby molars that are at an increased risk of developing cavities

FACT: The incidence of injuries to the front teeth increases at age 7-11 as a result of participation in sports.

  • Mouth guards are an effective way to prevent injuries to the teeth and jaw
  • Typically, a commercially available “boil-and-bite” mouth guard is sufficient when a child has a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, however, there are special circumstances when a custom mouth guard may be of benefit.  If you have any questions regarding mouth guards, please ask Dr. Durschlag and his staff.

Select the plan that is right for your child from the options below.