Oral hygiene is just as important for children as it is for adults, if not more, and we are happy to teach you all about oral care for children! To help your child grow into the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve, we recommend doing the following:
Bring your child in for a checkup
Many people wait to bring their child in for their first checkup when their child has a mouth full of teeth, but we strongly recommend bringing your child into our office by the time they are 1 year old or 6 months after their first tooth erupts. This first appointment will help your child become familiar with the dental chair as well as help them create relationships with our friendly dental team. This appointment will also give you the chance to ask your dentist any questions you have about your child’s oral care.
Teach your child good oral hygiene habits
Teach your child how to brush their teeth, floss their smile, and rinse their mouth with child-approved mouthwash. This will help them grow into the strong and functional smile they deserve.
Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a dangerous and painful condition that could cause major problems for your child’s smile. This condition occurs when your child frequently drinks juice, milk, or formula out of their bottle, especially when they take naps or go to bed. To avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, send your child to bed with a bottle of water instead of a bottle with sugary liquid. It also helps to cut back on juice throughout the day. It is best if you only give your child 4 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice a day.
Control use of the sippy cup
Sippy cups can be helpful, but they can also cause trouble if your child uses them to drink sugary drinks often. This can create tooth decay behind the front teeth. So, to prevent this problem, help your child drink out of a regular cup and put water in the sippy cup as often as possible.
If you have any questions about oral care for your child, we encourage you to call our office today. We are more than happy to help you!