A common question that we get from new parents is what they should start doing to prepare and care for their child’s teeth. It is an important question that every new mother and father should know the answer to.
Of course, initially there are no teeth to clean, only healthy pink gums, but these can not be ignored. They will need care too. After each bottle of formula and/or breast-feeding, wipe them down with a moistened cloth or soft towel. This can become a treasured time for you and your baby to bond while developing a routine of daily oral health.
Once more teeth come in, you can start using a soft-bristled toothbrush. At first, do not bother with toothpaste. Simply brush around the teeth and gums with a bit of cool water, massaging the gums as you go. After they have fully come in, use a tiny dab of toothpaste with fluoride. Small children do not need much. In fact, it can cause developing teeth to have white splotchy patches if you overdo it.
Around the age of 6 years, the baby teeth will start loosening up to make way for the permanent adult teeth. The child will want to fiddle and fuss with these loose teeth. You may allow your child to wiggle the tooth until it falls out.
To avoid cavities during childhood, don’t allow kids to hold sugary drinks or food in the mouth for long periods of time. Fruit juice should be limited and never let your baby go to bed with a bottle. The best way to keep your kid clean from cavities will be to brush twice daily, floss once a day, and keep regular cleaning appointments with your dentist.
If you are looking for a dentist for your child, come and see Dr. Dayton Hart for a consultation. Please contact us to make an appointment at: 251-943-2471, or come by our office in Foley, Alabama.