Children today have little or no regular dental care. This is because many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their child needs. It’s important to protect your child’s teeth during the early years in order to prevent cavities and gum disease. Here are a few tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy.
When Should Dental Care Start?
Teeth generally pop out at the age of 6 to 7 months. As soon as your child’s first teeth appear, start brushing. Be gentle, and make sure you don’t brush too hard. You can let your child hold the tooth brush, which will make it fun and also establish the pattern of brushing. It’s also important that you never put your baby to bed with a bottle. Milk contains sugar that will sit on the teeth overnight and cause cavities. By the age of 3, your child should have his or her first dentist visit.
Tips for Healthy Teeth
- Limit sugary juices and sodas, or add water to reduce the sugar content of the drink. You can also have your child drink
- At n early age, get kids in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day (morning and night).
- After nighttime brushing, don’t allow your kids to drink anything but water.
- Sticky foods like gummi bears and raisins are the worst snacks because they are hardest on the teeth. These foods get wedged between teeth, increasing cavity risk.
- Help you child brush his or her teeth until 7 years of age. This will not only demonstrate good brushing skills, but it will also establish the habit of regular brushing.
- Encourage flossing at an early age. Ask your dentist for recommendations.