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Caring for Children’s Teeth-A Parental Primer

Oct 9, 2014 - 04:10 PM EST |  Posted under: General, Pediatric Dentistry

Knowledgeable parents understand the importance of getting their children’s oral health off to the best possible start, and that entails establishing a care and hygiene routine even from the first few months of life. Instilling sound dental care habits early in a child’s life and scheduling routine visits to a pediatric dentist truly are some of the greatest gifts a parent can give. The good news is that by heeding a few key pieces of advice, the pediatric dental care can actually be quite easy.

Pediatric dental care should begin even prior to the appearance of the first tooth. Following feedings, it is important to wipe infants’ gums with a soft cloth in order to eliminate any accumulations of bacteria. Once the first tooth does erupt, it is necessary to begin gentle brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush made for kids. When children reach preschool age, fluoride toothpaste can be used, though it should be applied sparingly to the brush. Close supervision to prevent excessive swallowing of fluoride products is important in order to avoid potential staining.

Because tooth decay and cavities are primary concerns when it comes to the oral health of youngsters, parents need to pay close attention to prevention techniques as their children grow. Teaching kids to follow a healthy, balanced diet in which sugary snacks and excessive carbohydrates are avoided is a wonderful first step. This lessens the likelihood that the teeth will be consistently exposed to the substances that lead to bacterial buildup, plaque and decay. Making certain that children get sufficient fluoride, whether through a fluoridated water supply or through supplementation obtained from an affordable pediatric dentist is another great tip for minimizing the risk of cavities.

Scheduling regular visits to the pediatric dentist for examinations and cleanings is a vital part of fostering and maintaining excellent oral health in children. Not only can problems be avoided, pediatric dentist visits will make it easier to develop a long-term plan of action intended to ensure optimal dental health. For this reason, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children begin getting pediatric dental care sometime around their first birthday.

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