7 Recommendations for Taking Care of Your Children’s Teeth
Check out our office's top recommendations for taking care of your child's teeth!
While some parents may wait to a couple teeth appear before they begin practicing good oral hygiene with their children, it is recommended that parents start addressing their children’s oral health as early as their first feeding. Here are some recommendations for maintaining healthy teeth and gums for your children, as well as instilling early on the importance of practicing good oral hygiene.
- Before even the first tooth grows in, parents should cleanse their infant’s gums with a soft, moist cloth or baby’s toothbrush following feedings.
- Once the first tooth appears, it should be brushed with a dab of fluoride containing toothpaste twice daily until they reach two years old.
- From two to six, children should use an amount of toothpaste the size of a pea when brushing their teeth.
- Give children cups of water in the evening instead of milk or juice, which contains sugar and can cause tooth decay overnight.
- Parents should begin flossing once children have two or more teeth that touch and can trap food.
- Make an appointment for your child to see the dentist within six months of his or her first tooth’s appearance, and prior to his or her first birthday.
- Avoid spreading harmful bacteria by sharing things like eating utensils, toothbrushes, or pacifiers.
By practicing these recommendations with your children, you will help to preserve their teeth and gums, as well as encourage positive oral health habits for a lifetime.
Our team of oral surgeons in Columbia, SC always encourages good oral health practices for people, young and old.