Dr. Lee to Sara: "Now the dental hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. She will also show you the best way to brush, floss, and rinse so that you get your teeth really clean."

Dr. Lee to Sara’s Parents: "The hygienist will review with Sara proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques. At home, I recommend that you help Sara practice proper brushing, expectorating, flossing, and rinsing twice a day. And as I mentioned before, she should avoid frequent sugary snacks, and when she does eat sugary foods, it is important for cavity prevention to brush and floss afterward. Let’s schedule a follow-up appointment for a routine checkup and cleaning in six months."

Image:  Dental professional cleaning a child's teeth.