Every parent wants to make sure their child has the proper dental care and that their oral health is taken care of, but not many parents know exactly how to go about it. Questions such as ‘When should I schedule my child’s first trip to the dentist?’ and ‘At what age should my child begin flossing?’ need definite answers. As most parents are not dentists, it may be difficult for them to judge the extent of their child’s dental needs. Keeping these tips and guidelines in mind will remove a lot of the mystery from protecting your child’s oral health.
Dental Care For Children
Good Dental Care Begins Early
Caring for your child’s oral health needs to begin before a baby’s first tooth appears. Just because teeth are not’ visible, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Teeth begin to form in the second trimester of pregnancy, and at birth babies have about 20 primary teeth. Some of these are even fully developed in the jaw.
Dental Care Tips For Babies
- Before a baby even starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over their gums to clear away potentially harmful bacteria that will build up otherwise.
- Once your child has teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste to minimize the amount that is swallowed.
- When a baby’s teeth start to touch, it is important to floss between them to maintain their oral health.
- Even babies are at risk from tooth decay if they are subjected to bad feeding habits and poor dental care. While putting a baby to sleep with a bottle may be convenient, it can harm a young child’s teeth if it becomes a habit. Sugars from juice or milk left on the baby’s teeth for hours can eat away at their tooth enamel, cause cavities, and lead to a condition called bottle mouth.
Dental Care Tips For Toddlers
- At around age two, your child should learn to spit while brushing. Avoid giving your child water to swish and spit because this may make them more likely to swallow toothpaste.
- Children that are three and older should use a very small amount of toothpaste. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is best.
- Always supervise kids who are younger than six while they brush their teeth. Younger children are more likely to swallow toothpaste.
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