The sooner your child starts with regular dental checkup, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups not only help prevent cavities but also leads towards a better oral health care routine down the line.
According to the ADA, every child should visit the dentist by the age of 1. This teaches parents how to care for their children’s teeth and make them cavity-free. With a dental visit, dentists will be able to identify:
- The reasons for decay
- Will offer suggestions to improve oral health
- They will be able to diagnose dental care at various stages like infant, teenager, adult, adulthood, and so on
Preventative oral care not only saves you money but also prevents your child from cavities, gum decay and any other kind of severe oral infections later.
Teach good habits to your child is crucial from the get-go. Before their teeth come out, you can gently brush your baby’s gums. Use water on a toothbrush or clean them with a soft washcloth. Once they appear, brush twice a day with infant toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Start flossing when two of the teeth starts touching each other. Our dentist will be able to guide you on the technique and schedule as to how often you need to floss.
Brushing and flossing before bedtime is great.
Saying “No” to Baby Bottle decay is the right choice. Sugary liquids cling to the teeth and the bacteria feeding on it cause decay. Baby bottle tooth decay can happen when babies drink milk, formula, or juice from bottles over long periods of time or fall asleep with the bottle.
Schedule your child’s first dental appointment before their first birthday. As children grow older, their permanent teeth come in. A rigorous daily dental hygiene routine is crucial to keeping teeth and gums healthy.
For more guidance on pediatric dental care, talk to our pediatrician.