Infants and young children, Oral and Dental Health Care
Providing good dental care right from the start will get your child on the right path to maintaining healthy gums and teeth for a life time. Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. Baby teeth lets your baby chew food, make a nice smile and talk well. You baby’s first set of teeth also holds the space where permanent teeth will eventually be. They help guild their permanent teeth to grow in straight. Here are some basic dental health care tips to take proper care of your child teeth.
1) Clean you baby’s new teeth every day: When the teeth first come in, clean them by rubbing them gently with a clean wet washcloth. When your child gets a little older, use a child’s toothbrush.
2) Children under two years of age should not use toothpaste. Instead, use water to brush your child’s teeth.
3) Do not let your baby go to sleep with a bottle that contains anything other then water. Doing so can leave milk, formula or juice sitting on your child teeth and cause dental cavities. This is also know as “baby-bottle tooth decay.”
4) Provide low-sugar snacks, such as fruits, cheese and vegetables to your child and avoid giving your child sticky, chewy candy.
5) Teach your children how to brush their teeth and the importance of keeping their teeth clean and having good oral habits
6) Take your children to the dentist regularly. The ADA recommends that children see their dentist starting no latter then the age of one.