Free Exam for children 2 and younger
First of all, we want to congratulate you on the birth of your precious baby!
We want to make sure you are ready for his or her first tooth. Below is some information to help you get ready for a lifetime of smiles!
Even before any teeth come in, your baby’s gums need attention to stay healthy. You should clean your baby’s mouth with a damp washcloth after every feeding. This helps get rid of any food particles and start the habit of good oral care.
When the first tooth appears, it is time to start brushing. You can use two types of brushes. One option is a long-handled toothbrush, which will allow you and your child to hold the handle together as you brush his or her teeth. The other brush fits on your finger. No matter which type of brush you choose, always make sure it has soft bristles.
When you first start brushing your child’s teeth, you don’t need to use toothpaste. Just dip the brush in water before brushing. If your child doesn’t like it, you can go back to using a damp cloth. When your child is really teething, you may want to buy a toothbrush with a teether to get him or her used to the toothbrush.
Once your child has a few teeth, it is time to start using kids toothpaste. We recommend toothpaste with fluoride to help avoid cavities and remineralize the enamel of teeth, but other options can be discussed at your baby’s first visit. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children younger than 3 years old should use only a rice grain size and children older than 3 years old can use a smear size amount of toothpaste. Help your child master spitting the toothpaste out and as the teeth start touching each other introduce flossing. We recommend mouth rinse for kids above age 6 years old.
To avoid cavities, you should avoid giving your child sweetened liquids like soda. Even though some drinks do not have as much sugar as soda, even fruit juice, milk, and formula contain some sugar, which can cause decay. It is also important that you don’t put your children to bed with a bottle. The prolonged contact of the sugar on the teeth is just asking for cavities. This problem is so common it has a name: baby-bottle caries.
Your child’s first dentist appointment should be scheduled within six months of the first tooth’s arrival. Since even the youngest children can get decay, it is really important to visit the dentist regularly. During these early visits, we look for any problems and help you get into the habit of practicing good dental care. It is important that you stay positive so that your child enjoys coming to visit us.
If you have any questions about caring for your child’s teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us today.