Effective oral care should start at an early age, including regular checkups and tooth brushing as soon as your child’s first baby tooth breaks through the gum line. Establishing a proper dental hygiene routine from an early age can help prevent a lifetime of dental problems in the future. Even though babies eventually lose their primary teeth, the health of these baby teeth remains critical, as they are important for your child’s speech and chewing ability and guide the proper growth of permanent teeth in the future.
There are some helpful tips that every parent needs to know in order to effectively care for their baby’s dental health.
Gum cleaning: As soon as your child’s first teeth start to appear, parents should clean and brush it with a bit of water. Even if your child does not have teeth yet, it is essential for you to clean his or her gums about two times a day – after breakfast and dinner – to keep the mouth healthy and clean.
Avoid baby bottle dental decay: One of the biggest problems parents do is let their child go to sleep with the baby bottle of milk or a formula. That is because a baby tends to keep this bottle next to their teeth all night long, which can impact the growth of their teeth. Additionally, if there is a sugary or sweetened liquid in the bottle, the prolonged exposure to a high level of sugar on the teeth is never a good idea, as it can lead to tooth decay.
Tooth brushing: It is also essential to make sure that you brush your baby’s teeth properly. By about two years old, your child may be capable of brushing their own teeth with some supervision. Make sure your child uses a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste and use a brush that has soft bristles. It is also important that your child brush all surfaces of his or her teeth evenly and adequately to prevent bacteria from building up. If your toddler is taking any sort of medicine then you are advised to brush their teeth after taking the medicine. This is because some medicines contain sugar, which can turn into enamel-damaging acid and harm your child’s teeth.
Use teething rings: Teething can be painful in a child, but a teething ring can be helpful in soothing the pain.
Choosing the right dentist: Another major step in ensuring the long-term health of your child’s teeth is to choose the right dentist for your child. Opt for someone close-by, professional, friendly and helpful as you care for your child’s oral health.
If you are seeking a pediatric dentist for your child, contact The Texas Dental Center to schedule an initial consultation with us!