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Things Parents Should Know About Children Dental Care

Things Parents Should Know About Children Dental Care

Start Healthy Habits Early

Healthy habits lead to good dental health. Follow these tips to protect your child’s baby teeth:

  • Brush your child’s teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Your child will need your help with brushing and flossing until they are able to write, not print, their own name.
  • Use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste on a small soft toothbrush. Massage gently at the gumline, and brush the outside, the inside and the chewing surface of all teeth.
  • Daily cleaning with fluoride toothpaste is important because fluoride can prevent cavities and stop existing cavities from getting larger.
  • When the teeth are touching and brushing is well established, floss daily. Ease the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss against each tooth, and gently scrape up and down.

Check Regularly for Signs of Tooth Decay

Check all sides of the baby’s teeth and look carefully along the gum line. The first sign of tooth decay can appear as whitish areas on the teeth, which may progress to brown. If you suspect a problem, consult your dentist.

Sipping and Snacking

Tooth decay can happen when a child sips or snacks frequently, or for prolonged periods of time. Snack at scheduled times, not less than two hours before mealtimes.

Milk, fruit juice, any food or sweetened drinks all have sugars in them that can cause tooth decay. Decay can result if the teeth are in contact with any of these for long periods of time. Sticky foods are particularly troublesome because they remain on the teeth for a long time. Water is the best thirst quencher and will not contribute to decay.

Visit to the Dentist

The first dental visit is recommended within 6 months of the first tooth coming in or by your baby’s first birthday. The dentist will recommend the frequency of your child’s visit.

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