Pediatric Dental Health Starts with Parents
We will help parents understand how to introduce proper pediatric dental health care early in a child’s life—as early as infancy. The American Dental Hygiene Association states that a good oral hygiene routine for children includes:
- Thoroughly cleaning your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
- Teaching your child about proper brushing techniques with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste if under 3 and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste if older than age 3. Begin gentle flossing once teeth touch.
- Regular visits with their dentist to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
- Encouraging your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits, but not mentioning words like “pain” or “hurt,” since this may instill the possibility of pain in the child’s thought process.
- Determining if the water supply that serves your home is fluoridated; if not, discussing supplement options with your dentist or hygienist.
- Asking your hygienist or dentist about sealant applications to protect your child’s teeth-chewing surfaces and about infant tooth decay. This occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to sugared liquids.
This may seem like a lot of information, but don’t worry! We’ll partner with you to make it easy and routine. Schedule your child’s appointment today!