Encouraging your children to practice healthy oral habits at home is the best way to prevent cavities and other dental issues. At each of your child’s dental appointments we will talk about healthy oral habits your child should be practicing at home.
Moms-To-Be Oral Health
Preventing your child’s cavities begins before your child is even born. As an expecting parent, take care of your teeth, visit your dentist regularly and eat a healthy and balanced diet. When your oral health is kept up and consistent, the better the oral health of your newborn will be.
There’s a New Baby in the House
When caring for your child’s mouth, begin before you can see the first tooth by massaging the gums with a brush or cloth. This establishes a routine for you and your child. It also allows your child to accept the idea of oral hygiene before the teeth begin to come in.
It’s best to clean your child’s teeth at least twice a day. Initially, this can be done with gauze or a washcloth. As more of your child’s teeth come in, you’ll want to graduate to a soft toothbrush and eventually, to help your child by flossing for them. The dentists in our office will demonstrate for you how each of these ages and stages of care can be done successfully.