the do's and don'ts of children's dentistry

Proper dental care is important for keeping your child’s teeth and gums happy and healthy. But there are some common misconceptions surrounding oral hygiene for kids and how to care for your child’s teeth.

Here are some of the most important dos and don’ts when it comes to keeping your kids’ teeth in good shape.

Do bring your kids in to the dentist early.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 19% of children and adults between the ages of two and 19 have untreated dental cavities. To get your child started on good oral hygiene early, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends bringing your child in to see the dentist before their first birthday. Early visits to the pediatric dentist can make future routine teeth cleanings less stressful.

Don’t ignore the importance of gum care. 

Tooth decay and gum problems can affect even the smallest of teeth. Wipe your baby’s teeth off with a wet cloth after they drink or eat. If your baby doesn’t have teeth yet, wipe their gums with a wet cloth after feeding. Ask your pediatric dentist when it’s time to make the switch to a toothbrush.

Do monitor your child’s brushing.

It’s recommended to brush and floss your child’s teeth for them during their early years. But as they grow, it’s important to teach your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth themselves. Monitor your child to make sure they’re brushing their teeth properly for two minutes twice a day. Once your child has reached the age of seven or eight, they may be able to brush and floss their teeth without supervision.

Don’t let your child fall asleep with their bottle. 

The sugars in your child’s milk or juice make a meal for bacteria. When your child falls asleep with their bottle in their mouth, it puts their teeth at risk for cavities and plaque. Make sure to wipe your child’s teeth and gums before nap time and set the bottle aside when your child gets too tired.

Routine teeth cleanings are essential to keeping your child’s smile bright. For more information on preventative care methods and pediatric dentistry, contact Pediatric Dental Care today.

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