Establishing proper oral hygiene from an early age will help prevent dental problems as children get older. Setting a consistent routine of brushing and flossing will keep the momentum going for a lifetime. During infancy, itâ€™s beneficial to keep a babyâ€™s gums healthy by gently wiping after feeding. Once teeth start to appear, use a soft bristle brush designed for early ages, with a tiny amount of dentist-approved toothpaste. Prevent babies from falling asleep with the bottle in their mouth, as it can lead to tooth decay.
Be sure to have the childâ€™s first dental appointment by age 1, to ensure primary teeth are erupting properly, and to correctly manage oral hygiene. Sugary drinks should be avoided as they cause tooth decay and cavities. By preschool age, kids have all their primary teeth. Brushing with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice daily, along with flossing in between teeth will keep their teeth healthy and strong. Visits to the dentist every 6 months are strongly recommended in order to maintain the best dental health for your child. Learn more by calling us today.