Beautiful Baby Teeth! Dentists are often asked when parents should take a child for their first dental visit and when to begin brushing their child’s teeth. The simple answer is that parents are encouraged to have their child visit a pediatric dentist as soon as teeth emerge. At the same time, teeth should be cleaned using a recommended home hygiene regimen. By introducing good habits at an early age, your baby gets used to a daily routine.
A soft washcloth wrapped around your finger can suffice for a brush when teeth first appear. Your dentist will tell you when you should switch to a soft-bristle toothbrush
Here are some tips for taking care of your child’s teeth:
Select a very small, soft-bristled brush and soak in warm water a few minutes before brushing. This will soften the bristles even more.
The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice as soon as your baby’s first tooth appears. You can increase to a pea-sized amount when your child turns 3 years old.
Brush your child’s teeth at least twice per day for at least 2 minutes. Don’t forget to concentrate on the back molars, an area where cavities are likely to first develop
Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months
Never share a toothbrush with others. Most brushes can be placed in a dishwasher for cleaning off bacteria.
Teach your child to floss once per day or use floss sticks.
Visit your dentist at least twice per year for an exam, x-ray and fluoride treatments, especially if your drinking water is not fluoridated.
Don’t forget to ask your pediatric dentist about dental sealants. Sealants help to protect enamel from decay by acting as a thin, plastic barrier to fill in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
If you have any questions regarding the tips above, please don’t hesitate to call us at 941-953-4288 or email us at SarasotaSmile@Gmail.com.