Knowing how to care for your child’s developing smile early on is so very important.
If you are a first-time parent you may not be sure exactly how to handle your child’s smile. That’s okay. This is where our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Bae, in here to help. There are so many things to think about that it can often feel rather daunting. Let us take some of the guesswork out of your child’s oral routine and give you some insight into what to do.
Bottle Feedings and Decay
Did you know that cavities are the most common disease in children? Fortunately, cavities are completely preventable with the proper dental care. One of the leading causes of decay in babies and infants is allowing them to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. By constantly subjecting gums and teeth to formula or drinks with added sugar you can increase your child’s chances of decay. The solution? Fill their bottles with water instead, which won’t cause decay.
Prevention Starts Early
The sooner you can start your child on the path to healthy dental habits the better. Even before your child’s teeth erupt, you should still be cleaning their gums with a wet washcloth after feedings to prevent plaque buildup.
Brush with Your Child
Children aren’t going to learn to brush and floss their teeth on their own. This is where you come in. You will need to brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to handle the task on their own (usually around 6-8 years old). By showing them what to do and also having them practice by brushing your teeth you can show them what to do and not do when it comes to caring for their smiles.
Whether it’s making sure your child’s smile has reached certain important milestones or their first tooth has erupted, coming in to visit our Yorba Linda kids dentist every six months is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. Just as you should be seeing the dentist twice a year, so should your little one. Once your child turns one or once their first tooth erupts (whichever happens first) you will want to make your child’s first dental appointment.
If you have questions about how to care for your little one’s teeth and gums, or if you need to schedule their upcoming dental visit, call Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. Trust your child’s smile to the experts!