Maintaining your child’s healthy teeth is all about practicing healthy oral hygiene habits.
Here are five tips to help you keep your child’s teeth happy and healthy.
Don’t wait until their first tooth comes in to worry about your child’s dental health.
After feedings use a gentle washcloth to clean your child’s gums. This will help clear away the lingering sugars from the milk/formula.
Apples, carrots, and cheese are great tooth healthy options* – cut them up and have them ready for your kids to snack on. You can’t always watch everything that goes into their mouth, so encouraging healthy snack options is important to helping them maintain their oral health as well as their overall health.
Also, we know that sweets can’t be avoided all the time, and they shouldn’t, but limiting anything that is sticky or chewy will make a big difference in the health of your child’s teeth.
AVOID THE BOTTLE / PACIFIER
Never put your infant or toddler to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, and avoid dipping their pacifier in honey or other syrups. They may prefer it and it may make bed time much easier, but this prolonged exposure will start damaging their gums before the teeth even erupt.
Also, prolonged exposure to sucking on their pacifier and/or thumb can cause damage to the shape of their mouth. We suggest weaning your child off this habit by age 3 to insure the healthy development of their mouth.
BRUSH AND FLOSS
As soon as your child’s first tooth starts coming in you’ll want to start brushing it. As your child grows up and the rest of their teeth erupt it’s important to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time and floss every night.
As well as starting to brush, we recommend visiting a pediatric dentist when your child’s first tooth comes in. This will not only give you peace of mind that everything is healthy, but will help get your child comfortable with the dental office.
*Please keep your child’s dietary needs/restrictions in mind. Consult with your pediatrician/pediatric dentist for options specific to your child’s needs.
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