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How to Take Care of Your Young Child’s Teeth

As you know, teeth greatly define a person’s smile. Your child’s teeth need to be properly maintained from birth in order to give them a perfect smile. This will help to ensure that permanent teeth erupt in correct positions. As a parent, your child’s oral health and care is your responsibility. Teeth begin to develop before birth. When they begin to erupt into the oral cavity, you will need to take certain steps in guiding them and preventing an attack of bacteria on them. In the following, you will find a few tips and suggestions to help in keeping your child’s teeth healthy.

  • After feeding you baby, you should rub their gums with a damp washcloth in order to clean the area and keep it bacteria free. Teeth are still developing at this point.
  • After your baby’s teeth have begun to erupt in the mouth, you will need to clean them each day with a soft toothbrush and gauze. Today, there are many companies that offer toothbrushes for babies and small children. These are often much softer than the softest adult toothbrush available.
  • To prevent possible tooth decay, you should use a child’s toothpaste that contains fluoride. Never use too much toothpaste as younger children may ingest excess amounts. This can cause teeth to appear mottled. Use only a thin smear of toothpaste.
  • You will need to supervise your child when they brush their teeth. Train your child on how much toothpaste is needed to sufficiently clean their teeth as well as how to adequately rinse.
  • Maintain a diet for your child that contains less sugar. Sugars can be attacked by bacteria that release certain acids that cause tooth decay. Give your child snacks and meals at regular times. Try not to allow your small child to suck liquids in bottles throughout the day. This can greatly affect the teeth.
  • Once your child has learned to brush, floss and rinse, you may have problems with them performing oral care on their own. Many parents find it easier to make oral care an activity that they enjoy with their little ones. Try doing your own oral care with your child at certain times during the day and before they go to bed at night. This is a great activity to help them learn the routine.

There are so many ways you can help your child in developing a beautiful smile to proud of. It is very important that your child begins to visit a dentist at a young age. This helps them to be more comfortable in the future when they may need some type of dental treatment. Your dentist can advise your child on maintaining oral health which will reinforce your prior training.