Now that you are a parent, it’s time to start planning and implementing a plan of care for your child’s oral hygiene. Believe it or not, good dental health should start shortly after the birth of your child. Cleaning your baby’s gums after feeding can be done with a clean damp washcloth or gauze. Gently wipe their gums which will give them a good start to a healthy mouth.
Once your baby begins teething, that is when you will want to begin using a soft bristled toothbrush on their tiny little teeth. Your child should have their first dental visit by 1 year of age.
It is not unusual for children of all ages to create a fuss about the taste of toothpaste. Small children are especially opinionated when it comes to this.
Don’t make your child suffer and dread brushing their teeth, choose a toothpaste that has a pleasant taste but still has the necessary ingredients to properly clean their teeth. A good way to motivate a smile child to brush their teeth is for you to allow them do brush theirs while you brush yours.
Proper Nutrition is another consideration when it comes to helping your child have healthy teeth and gums. Kids love snacks and although there is an option to limit snacks, you may also want to choose healthier snacks for your children. Some suggestions are things such as fruit, yogurt or low fat cheese. Avoid sugary snacks if at all possible.
Once your child has any two teeth that are touching one another, it’s time to begin flossing. There are dental flosses on the market that are easy to use and will not cause discomfort to your child. You will have to floss for them until they get old enough to do it for themselves.
It is recommended from the age of 1 that your child see a dentist at least every 6 months. The dental visit will consist of an examination and any other services your child may need. Your Kids will inform you of how often they need to see your child.
Properly caring for your child’s teeth from birth is important to helping your child stay healthy and happy. It will also help them keep that beautiful smile that everyone loves to see.