Dental Hygiene Madness

Mar 20, 2024

Ogden Pediatric Dentists Hit the Court to Find the Champion Oral Health Habit

Pediatric dentistry is all about taking regular dental practice and making it accessible for kids–which is to say, we make it fun! And with our take on this year’s March Madness, preventative care has never been so engaging.

Join the pediatric dental team at Castle Creek in Ogden, UT as we fill out our dental hygiene brackets and let healthy habits go head to head, until a winner emerges. May the best oral hygiene habit for kids win!

Knowledge is Power Region

  • Educational Apps: Use educational apps to make learning about oral health fun.
  • Learn About Teeth: Teach kids about the different types of teeth and their functions.


  • Toothpaste Safety: Teach the importance of spitting out toothpaste, not swallowing it.
  • Educational Videos: Use age-appropriate videos to teach about dental care.


  • Teach Technique: Show kids how to brush in circular motions and reach all areas.
  • Encourage Questions: Answer any questions they may have about oral care.


  • Demonstrate Flossing Technique: Show them how to floss correctly.
  • Role Play Dentist Visits: Make pretend visits to the dentist to reduce anxiety.

You Are What You Eat Region

  • Limit Sugary Snacks: Reduce sugary snacks and drinks to prevent cavities.
  • Drink Water: Encourage water consumption instead of sugary beverages.


  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum: Gum can stimulate saliva production and help clean the mouth.
  • Avoid Tobacco Products: Discuss the harmful effects of tobacco on oral health.


  • Limit Juice Intake: Reduce the consumption of acidic fruit juices.
  • Avoid Crunchy Candies: Discourage the consumption of hard and crunchy candies.


  • Mouthguards for Sports: Encourage the use of mouthguards during sports activities.
  • Practice Tongue Cleaning: Teach them to clean their tongue to remove bacteria.

Routines for Success Region

  • Brush Twice a Day: Teach kids to brush their teeth in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Use a Timer: Use a timer to ensure they brush for the recommended time.


  • Change Toothbrushes: Replace them every 3-4 months or when bristles are frayed.
  • Use Fluoride Toothpaste: Choose a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel.


  • Brush for Two Minutes: Teach kids to brush for at least two minutes each time.
  • Create a Routine: Establish a consistent oral care routine.


  • Floss Daily: Show kids how to floss to remove plaque and food particles between teeth.
  • Set a Timer: Use a timer to ensure they brush for the recommended time.


Cool for Kids Region

  • Use a Kid-Friendly Toothbrush: Find one with a smaller head and soft bristles for kids.
  • Lead by Example: Demonstrate good oral hygiene habits yourself.


  • Reward System: Implement a reward system for consistent oral care.
  • Make it Fun: Use colorful toothbrushes and toothpaste to make brushing enjoyable.


  • Celebrate Milestones: Celebrate achievements in their oral care routine.
  • Supervise Brushing: Monitor brushing until kids can do it independently.


  • Visit a Pediatric Dentist: Schedule regular dental check-ups with docs who know kids.
  • Dental Sealants for Kids: Consider dental sealants to protect molars from cavities.


Watch the Dental Hygiene Madness Unfold with Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry

With so many important hygiene habits up for grabs, who can say which will reign supreme? Check in with us again soon to see which healthy habits make it all the way to the Final 4.

Want in on the dental madness? Schedule an appointment for your child at Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry to help them on their journey to become an oral health champion!