Should my child be seeing a dentist? Should they be flossing? What about braces? These are all common questions parents have regarding their child’s dental health. Many parents have a tough time figuring out how much dental care their child needs. They know they want to prevent their child from getting cavities, but they don’t know the best way to go about doing it.
Here are three tips that will help guide you and your child on the path to great dental hygiene!
Good Dental care begins before the baby’s teeth appear!
Just because a baby’s teeth aren’t visible doesn’t mean they are not there. Teeth form while in the womb and by the time of birth, the baby will have twenty teeth already. The best way to care for your baby’s teeth at this point in time is to run a clean, damp washcloth over the infant’s gums in order to ensure the removal of harmful bacteria.
Supervision when it’s time to brush is key!
Children, although they make think they can do it on their own, are more likely to swallow toothpaste that use it to clean their teeth. Allow a child to brush their teeth so they can practice but make sure that before they leave that bathroom, you have cleaned their teeth thoroughly. This means using a pea – sized amount of toothpaste and brushing thoroughly for approximately 2 minutes.
Visit the Dentist with Your Child!
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends every child visits the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. Dental professionals can provide answers to any questions you may have and point you and your child in the right direction towards excellent dental health. The CDA claims that the 3 most important reasons for taking your child to the dentist are:
- You can find out if your cleaning at home is effective.
- Your dentist can find and fix problems early.
- Your child can learn that going to the dentist helps prevent problems.
Building good habits and maintaining a healthy mouth at a young age is of great importance. Building these habits early sets a child up for long term dental health. Parents can best help their children by cleaning their child’s teeth even before they emerge, supervising teeth brushing times, and visiting the dentist with their children. Do these three things and you are on route to a healthy mouth! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group Today!