Since baby teeth fall out, many parents do not see the point in worrying about them. Yet a shocking 60 to 90 percent of kids develop at least one baby tooth cavity. Untreated dental issues in childhood can lead to permanent damage, but good oral health habits that are established in toddlers can last a lifetime. Here are some ways to start your toddler on the road to excellent oral health.
Model Good Choices
Your kids are always watching you, so make a renewed commitment to your own oral health. Brush and floss regularly, drink plenty of water, cut down on sugar, and visit the dentist twice per year. The goal is for your child to see dental care as just another part of life.
Normalize Brushing and Flossing
Wipe your baby’s gums daily with a piece of sterile gauze or a clean, damp cloth. As soon as the first tooth emerges, brush it twice each day with a soft, child-sized toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste. Your child should never be able to remember a time without daily oral hygiene.
Visit the Pediatric Dentist
Your baby’s first dental checkup should be around their first birthday or when the first tooth erupts. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, learn to cope with teething issues, and ensure that you are properly brushing your baby’s teeth. We provide a complimentary Well Baby Visit just for this purpose!
It’s fine to give your kids fruit juice or milk, but offer these drinks in moderation. Give plain water at nap time and bedtime, which teaches your child that water is a normal beverage option. As your child begins to eat solid foods, the bulk of the diet should be cheese, fruit, and other healthy selections. Sugary snacks and beverages should be occasional treats, and it is important to have your child rinse with plain water as soon as possible after consuming them.
See the Pediatric Dentist
Most children can brush their own teeth with help by their third birthday. This is an ideal time to schedule an exam, cleaning, and fluoride treatment for your child. Our office is very child friendly with toys, video games, movies, and a surprise after their visit!
After the initial visit, we will start scheduling regular appointments for your child. We stand beside children as they grow up, keeping their mouths healthy and providing immediate assistance with any dental emergencies that might arise.