Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health in the Early Years

Children are a joy, and we want to help you keep their smile healthy!  From the appearance of the very first tooth, it is important to take care of your child’s oral health needs on a daily basis to ensure against cavities and infection. 
  • If you have an infant or young child, here's some important tips for their dental home care routine:
  • Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth twice a day.
  • As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush moistened with water, after each meal. 
  • Help your young child brush at night.  This is the most important time to brush thoroughly, due to lower salivary flow during sleep and higher vulnerability to cavities and bacterial plaque.
  • A small, pea-size dab of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it.  (Note: too much fluoride in the early stages of tooth development can cause dental fluorosis, a harmless cosmetic condition manifested by brown, mottled or discolored enamel).

By approximately age 5, your child can learn to brush his or her teeth with proper parental instruction and supervision.

One of the best ways to encourage brushing is to be a good role model. Many parents brush their own teeth while helping their child brush, making brushing a fun time together.

Children, like adults, should see the dentist every six months.  It is important to us that your child have wonderful early experiences at the dentist! We see children at age 3 and above in our office, and we work closely with pediatric dental specialists to care for children that are very young or are apprehensive about seeing the dentist.

If you have questions about your child's oral health, please do not hesitate to Contact Us for assistance.

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