An Early Start on Your Child’s Good Dental Health

early start on child's good dental healthGood habits develop early in life. One of the earliest habits kids learn is their oral hygiene routine, which can have a significant impact on their oral health for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, we can help you get an early start on your child’s good dental health with a few tips from your experienced family dentist!

Tips to Teach Your Child Good Hygiene

  • The teething process can be tedious for parents and babies alike. To ease the discomfort, give your baby something to chew. A teether must be big enough not to swallow, and it must not consist of small pieces that can break apart. Frozen teething rings can harm a child’s sensitive gum tissue, but a cold teether can feel quite good. Avoid liquid-filled toys, because they may puncture and leak.
  • Don’t allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle in his or her mouth. Sugars in milk or juice can contribute to decay and baby bottle syndrome, a painful condition.
  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, soft, damp cloth. This will remove bacteria from the gums and acquaint him or her with the feeling of a clean mouth. You can also rub your baby’s gums with a thoroughly-cleaned finger.
  • When your baby’s first tooth arrives, brush it with a soft, infant-sized toothbrush and water. Fluoridated toothpaste should not be used until the child thoroughly understands the need to spit out toothpaste (usually around 3 years old). Ingesting too much fluoride can lead to white stains on teeth, called fluorosis.
  • Once your child can use toothpaste, apply only a pea-sized amount to the brush. Be careful not to allow your child to swallow the toothpaste.
  • When all of your child’s teeth are in, teach him/her to brush at least twice a day, and to floss gently between all of their teeth. Make brushing fun by singing the alphabet or another song. Singing also provides a timeframe for brushing. The Alphabet Song is about the perfect length!