Dental Care for Infants
Even though you can’t see them, babies are born with ALL of their teeth. They are hidden within the gums and will start to break through around 6 months. Some things to keep in mind for your children teeth:
Bottle Tooth Decay
Don’t let your infant drink out of a bottle for long periods of time, or let your child go to bed with a bottle. Extended exposure to milk, formula or juice can cause serious tooth decay.
Brush their teeth with water and a soft bristled brush. Also wipe your child’s teeth with a washcloth after feeding them to prevent plaque build up.
First Dental Checkup
Around your child’s 1st birthday, schedule a visit to your dentist to evaluate your child’s teeth and to get your child accustomed to routine dental visits.
Continuing Care for Growing Children
By age 3 children will have all of their primary teeth, commonly known as “baby” teeth. Baby teeth fall out starting about age 6, when the permanent teeth come in. Though your child will lose their baby teeth. Promoting good oral care is important even before the first teeth come in. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Here are some tips for caring for your growing childs teeth:
Children and adults should brush their teeth twice daily. Start using a pea sized amount fluoride toothpaste at age 3. Make sure your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste after brushing.
Help Them Out
Help your child with with their oral health care until they are able to do it well on their own.
Break Bad Habits
Break thumb sucking and pacifer habits by age 4 to ensure correct development of teeth.
Get A Mouthguard
Require the use of a mouthguard for children who play sports to protect their smile.
Visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning every 6 months.
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