Even the tiniest humans need healthy smiles. Here’s how to get them.
As a new parent, it is imperative that our baby is safe and sound in this world, while instilling good life lessons to carry them through their lives. Parents usually provide oral hygiene care until their child is old enough while teaching them to take care of their teeth as they continue to grow. A proper routine of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born. In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, let’s take a look at a few of the easiest ways to ensure strong healthy baby teeth:
- Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
- As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.
- To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.
It is important to help your tiny humans brush their teeth at night, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. Let them brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then come in to make sure plaque is removed. Usually by age 5 or so, they can brush their teeth with proper parental instruction. The best teaching tool is to follow by example, so make dental hygiene a family affair.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, make an appointment today with Dr. Farless at 336-282-2868 or visit our website at www.gsodentist.com.
Dr. Farless DDS proudly serves Greensboro, Brown Summit, Jamestown, High Point, McLeansville, Summerfield and all surrounding areas.