Take Care of Your Tot's Teeth
Early efforts will be the key to your child’s future dental health! Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent oral health problems. Both you and your child will benefit from the trip to the dentist. Your dentist will be able to educate you on how to properly care for your child's teeth. Early visits will also help our child be familiar with the dental office. These reduces anxiety and fear. Thus making the trip to the dentist stress free.
Can tooth decay affect infants?
Yes. Tooth decay both affect infants and young children and most often occurs in the upper front teeth. This is commonly referred to as "Baby Bottle tooth decay,".
When should my child first see a dentist?
The ideal time is six months after your child's first teeth erupt or by the child's first birthday. This is the best time frame for the dentist to carefully and thoroughly examine your child's mouth.
How can I protect my child's oral health?
Parents should be the first ones to teach their children oral hygiene. Until such time when the child is old enough to take full responsibility for the daily brushing and flossing. From the day your child is born, it is important that a proper regimen of preventive home care is being observed to help prevent tooth decay.
Useful tips to get you started
- Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
- As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Ask your dentist first if you are considering using a toothpaste.
- Monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers, and thumbs to avoid teeth misalignment.
- Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing mild, formula, fruit juice, or sweetened liquids.
- As much as possible, avoid filling your child's bottle with liquids like sugar water and soft drinks.
- Encourage children to drink tap or fountain water. Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes re-mineralization. If you purchase bottled water, make sure that it is fluoridated.
- Ask your dentist or your physician about fluoride supplements if your public water supply is not fluoridated.
- Encouraging your child to brush his or her own teeth when he or she is old enough helps build self confidence. Monitor your child's brushing to ensure that proper brushing technique is being observed.
- Being a good example is the best way to teach a child how to brush his or her teeth. Simply by letting your child watch you brush your teeth teaches him or her the importance of good oral hygiene.