Proper Oral Hygiene Starts With Good Brushing

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime

Do not swallow any toothpaste, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one.

Good Flossing Habits Will Help You Maintain Healthy Gums

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not stop after the first few times flossing, let a staff member know at your next appointment.

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PATIENT ALERT

Out of concern for patient and staff safety, we closed our offices on March 19th to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and were planning to reopen on April 4th.

Late yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order prohibiting all elective, non-emergency medical and dental procedures until April 24, 2020. The order is considered MANDATORY and carries the effect of law. Any violation of the order can be considered a criminal offense. You can read about the Governor’s order at (https://www.vadental.org/news-details/2020/03/26/order-of-public-health-emergency-no.-2) and at (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Two—Order-of-The-Governor-and-State-Health-Commissioner.pdf) We are now planning / hoping to reopen our offices on April 25th, and will operate under CDC and VDH guidelines pertaining to the delivery of dental services, and the operation of public spaces in effect then.

If you believe that you have a severe and life threatening Dental Emergency please call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this is creating for all of us, and look forward to seeing each of you soon.

– The Doctors and Team Members of Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics


What can I do if I have a Dental Emergency?

You can call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

Online Urgent Care Resources: