Childhood is a formative time for so many different habits and lessons. The same is true for good dental health; it starts early. The focus with pediatric dentistry is prevention and while seeing the dentist is essential, the habits you help your child make in day-to-day life will set them up for dental success for a lifetime!
1. Good dental care begins even before the teeth have surfaced! Teeth begin to form during pregnancy, and at birth, your child has approximately 20 primary teeth under the gum surface. Running a damp washcloth over a baby’s gums daily can help clear harmful bacteria. Parents may also consider using an infant toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste until age two.
2. Teach your child to brush and spit around age 2. Using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and supervision, encourage your child to form the habit of brushing their teeth.
3. Set Up Their Visit To A Dentist. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist take place by the first birthday. During this first visit, the dentist will explain proper techniques for brushing and flossing for young children. Your dentist can also help detect potential problems. Starting visits to the dentist at a young age also helps prevent fear of going to the dentist as they grow older.
4. Consider fluoride treatments. Your dentist may recommend topical fluoride to help prevent dental cavities and other oral problems in your child’s mouth.
5. Watch the prolonged use of certain medications. In children, overuse of certain medications may cause discoloration and special care should be taken. Talk to our team if you have any concerns about your child and the medications they are on.
6. Set a good example. As parents, you have the opportunity to set a good example of taking care of your teeth. Your children will see and mimic good habits of daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist.
At Burning Tree Dental, we love seeing children grow from young children to happy, healthy adults. Let our team help you raise your children to have not only healthy teeth, but healthy habits to keep those teeth sparkly and white for a lifetime!