Introducing your children to good oral care habits and at an early age establishes a routine that will take them through their teens and into adulthood.
You can start your children on the road to oral hygiene at home with a proper diet and daily cleaning of their teeth. Once your children have teeth, they are prone to tooth decay. It’s important to start brushing as soon as their teeth appear.
While young children are unable to brush their own teeth, as a parent you can teach them the technique and reinforce the practice as they get older. Sugary liquids like sweetened juice, milk, and formula are the initial cause of tooth decay. Unsweetened juices and water are better choices for your child.
Children who get a bottle in their crib and toddlers who walk around with a bottle or drinking cup are more prone to tooth decay than children who do not have these habits.
When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist
Your child’s first trip to the dentist could be as early as six months after the first tooth appears. This is to allow the dental staff to establish a relationship with your child.
The dental staff will spend time with your child, checking to make sure the teeth are coming in properly. They’ll also identify any problems to watch for in future examinations.
When brushing your children’s teeth, use a good fluoride toothpaste with a soft bristle tooth brush. Make sure to put only a minimal amount of toothpaste on the brush.
For children under the age of three, it is best to brush their teeth with just water with your help. Children between the ages of three to six, on the other hand, can use an amount of toothpaste that is the size of a green pea.
Let’s Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy
At Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, we work with you to develop an oral hygiene routine for your children. We help you ensure their teeth and gums are healthy.
To arrange an appointment with a dentist, call 905-822-8880 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you and your little one in our practice!