Good Oral Hygiene for Children
It's important to pay special attention to your baby’s primary teeth. Monitoring the growth and development of their teeth and jaw is imperative to their future dental health. We suggest a first trip to the dental office when 1st tooth erupts or 1st birthday. At this time we are looking inside the child’s mouth and we use the Tell, Show, Do approach to keep your child comfortable while educating you on daily dietary and homecare needs.
For infants who are nursing or bottle feeding, we suggest you incorporate a hygiene regimen as soon as possible. Using gauze or a soft wet washcloth, wipe down their gums before any teeth begin to surface. Once teeth begin to show, keep them clean with a specialized toothbrush that is small enough to accommodate the size of their teeth.
When your child is old enough, we can keep their teeth healthy by regularly removing plaque build-up and food debris. Make sure they are brushing and flossing regularly at home. Some parents find it easier to turn this into a game or some fun activity. For example, a visit to our office can be a fun adventure that results in a tooth-friendly reward!