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How can I remove the white deposits present on my 8-year-old daughter's teeth?


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Published At October 1, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My daughter is eight years old. I can see white deposits on the front lower portion of her teeth. Even after properly brushing that area, the white deposits do not go away; they remain as they are. How can I remove the white deposits present on my daughter's teeth? How can oral hygiene be maintained in children?


Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care.

I have gone through all your details and appreciate your concern.

The white deposits you observe on your daughter's teeth are likely dental plaque or tartar buildup. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can harden into tartar if not regularly removed. It's important to address this issue to maintain good oral hygiene. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Regular brushing: Ensure your daughter brushes her teeth thoroughly at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to the gumline and the front and back surfaces of the teeth.
  2. Flossing: Teach your daughter how to floss properly to remove plaque and food particles between her teeth. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bedtime.
  3. Regular dental check-ups: Schedule regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and check-ups. A dentist can remove the stubborn tartar deposits using specialized tools and provide guidance on proper oral care.
  4. Limit sugary snacks and drinks: Reduce the consumption of sugary foods and beverages, as they can contribute to plaque formation. Encourage your daughter to opt for healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables.
  5. Mouthwash: Consider using an alcohol-free, child-friendly mouthwash as part of her oral hygiene routine. However, make sure she knows not to swallow it and use it under adult supervision.
  6. Encourage water consumption: Water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria. Encourage your daughter to drink water regularly, especially after meals and snacks.
  7. Lead by example: Show your daughter the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene by practicing it yourself. Brush and floss together to make it a fun and interactive activity.

Remember, it is crucial to be patient and consistent with oral hygiene practices. By following these steps, you can help your daughter maintain a healthy smile and prevent further buildup of plaque and tartar.

I hope this has helped you. Please feel free to reach me again, in case of further queries.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham


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