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Early care is vital for children’s dental health

Early care is vital for children’s dental health

Needless to say the need for early childhood care and awareness is vital for long-term health. Because most of us are going to be parents of young children, we thought it would be helpful for us to stress once more how important to recognize children’s health issues from infants and older.

Pacifiers and thumb sucking

Sucking is a natural reflex for babies and serves to help them learn about their world, feel secure, calm themselves, and help them fall asleep. Most children will stop thumb sucking or using a pacifier between the ages of 2 and 4. Once permanent teeth begin to emerge, sucking on a thumb or pacifier can cause problems with growth and alignment.

Tooth brushing for toddlers

Parents should clean baby’s gums with gauze following all feedings. Once the first tooth has emerged, begin brushing your child’s teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little water. When your

child is able to hold the toothbrush and tries to brush himself, supervise carefully and then brush again to make sure every surface has been brushed. As children learn how to brush, begin using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and teach them to spit out the toothpaste, rinsing well with water.

Early childhood dental visits

Early childhood dental visits will allow your dentist to check the teeth for signs of decay and monitor progress and potential problems with emerging teeth. Your dentist can also make sure your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride for healthy teeth. This visit will also give your child the opportunity to become comfortable with the dentist and dental visits.

Making a successful transition from baby bottle to cup

As harmless as it may seem, allowing your child to drink from a baby bottle for too long can expose him or her to baby bottle tooth decay. From the time your child’s first teeth appear, they need to be protected from frequent and prolonged exposure to liquids such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar. Infants should finish their nap-time or bedtime bottle before going to bed, as liquids can pool in the mouth and lead to decay when babies are allowed to fall asleep with a bottle.

During the transition from primary teeth to the adult teeth, there is a lot to be considered. Your dentist can evaluate and detect cavities and analyze growth of the jaws to see if there may be problems with your child’s mouth. Prevention is critical with proper nutrition being considered essential, such as eating with a balanced diet and reducing the amounts of simple carbohydrates such as soda and snacks. These not only cause cavities, but rob the child’s body of much-needed building blocks for their future.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Our dentists can help everyone in your family understand the importance of proper oral hygiene over time and the positive effects it has on your health. At Family Care Dental Clinic, we treat our clients to a soothing environment where they can receive quality dental care no matter what their needs are. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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