Dental team in Houston provides tips for parents and kids to help them maintain excellent oral hygiene

Children often learn by observing the habits of their parents. Therefore, it is important children see their parents brushing and flossing. These two habits coupled with dental visits can help prevent oral health conditions and diseases and protect young smiles. Parents turn to the team at Vivid Dental in Houston for tips on teaching good oral hygiene habits to kids.

Watch what children eat and drink

Letting kids sip on sugary drinks for several hours can expose teeth to sugar and increase the risk of tooth decay. Therefore, parents should encourage their children to enjoy a balanced diet. It is important to choose healthy snacks that are high in whole grains and protein such as pita bread and yogurt. Limiting the children’s intake of sugars can also protect their oral health.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry also recommends the following tips:

  • Children should finish sugary drinks and foods immediately.
  • Sippy cups should be filled with water only. However, if children have other beverages, they should be served in cans or glasses. Consumption time should be limited.
  • Do not let children go to sleep with bottles, even with milk. This can lead to tooth decay.
  • Limiting sweets and the time it takes for children to consume them is critical. After having sweets, children should brush their teeth.
  • Children should brush their teeth after meals and snacks. Daily flossing can reduce the risk of cavities.

Schedule dental check-ups

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental examinations by age one. We encourage parents to highlight the appointment before arriving to our office. They can mention the dentist will be “counting” the teeth and possibly “taking photographs” of the mouth. We can also provide nitrous oxide to ease the nerves of children who are anxious about dental treatment. The sedative, known as “laughing gas,” helps them relax and the effect wears off quickly after the procedure.

We understand you want the best for your children. We provide excellent care at Vivid Dental. To learn more about our services, call our friendly team at (281) 809 4902 today.


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Dr. Monti Harpalani, Vivid Dental

Vivid Dental

Dr. Monti Harpalani

Dr. Monti Harpalani is one of the most respected and highly sought-after dentists in Houston TX. Having graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery, he furthered his passion for dentistry through a yearlong General Practice Residency at the Woodhull Medical Center in New York. Here he gained exposure to the fields of cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Since then Dr. Harpalani has had extensive hands-on experience and training in the varied facets of dental care and is keen on providing his patients with customized and comprehensive dental care. Through his dental practice, Vivid Dental, he brings to patients cutting edge and modern dental treatments such as Lumineers, Veneers, and Six Month Smiles. Also, he provides traditional solutions such as crowns, implants and root canal procedures and can also be contacted for dental emergencies.

11560 FM 1960 West,
Suite #200,
Houston, TX 77065
(281) 809 4902

Our Office Hours

Monday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Emergencies Seen Promptly


Amenities Offered

  • Friendly, Caring Staff
    (Each Has a Gentle Touch)
  • Living Room Style Waiting Area
  • TVs in Treatment Rooms
    (PLUS Pillows, Blankets, & Warm Scented Towels)
  • Internet Station &
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    in Reception Area
  • Insurance Friendly &
    Flexible Financing