We get it. Parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to their child’s health and safety. That includes denteal health, of course. At Gastonia Dental Group we offer pediatric dentistry, and love having the little ones in for a checkup.
Committing to daily oral hygiene will prevent the pain, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with decay in children. We have a few tips for you:
Set An Example
It’s important to make a commitment to proper oral hygiene for yourself. If you have negligent oral hygiene, now is the time to change your ways so you can set an example for your child. You will both be better off.
Start (Very) Early
Caring for your infant’s teeth should commence even before they erupt. To prohibit bacteria growth, parents should wash their baby’s gums with a wet washcloth after feedings.
Make The Crib A Bottle-Free Zone
Youngsters should never be put to bed with a bottle. The sugars in milk or juice that stay on teeth for hours can damage the enamel. When your child gets his first tooth, it is time to brush.
Most young children ingest toothpaste, so use only a tiny dab of non-fluoride paste until the child turns two. If a child swallows too much fluoride, it can stain teeth.
Go Over Teeth Again After Child Brushes
When kids are old enough to brush on their own, instruct them to brush gently but thoroughly for at least two minutes. You can set a timer so your child understands how long they should keep at it.
For young children, it is important that an adult reviews their teeth when they finish. Many kids thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces but fail to clean the backsides and gumline.
Monitor your child’s meals and snacks. Scheduling snacks and beverages (not including water) to set times during the day can also safeguard against cavities.
At Gastonia Dental Group, we want to see the littles ones as soon as their teeth start coming in. We offer pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry for the older set. Schedule an appointment today!
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