Infant Dental Care
Pediatric Dentistry is crucial, even tiny tots need regular checkups, just like mom and dad. The American Dental Association recommends kids start getting checkups at about age one, or when their first tooth appears.
Yet even before then it is important to care for your child’s teeth and gums. Though they will eventually lose them, primary teeth help a child speak and chew well, and also create a path for the permanent teeth that follow.
Ways to care for baby and toddlers dental health:
Before the primary teeth surface, wipe gums at least once a day.
Brush your child’s teeth with a little water as soon as their first tooth appears.
Never put your child to sleep with a baby bottle of milk, juice, formula, or other sweetened liquid.
For children older than 2, supervise as they brush their teeth. Put a pea-sized dot of toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush and be sure to teach them to spit the toothpaste out.
If you’re child tales medicine, brush the teeth afterward. The sugar found in some medicines can be converted into enamel-damaging acid.
To soothe pain from teething, allow your child chew on a clean teething ring. You can also try rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger.
Tweens and Teens Dental Care
Essentially preteen and teenager basic dental health needs are similar to adults. They (and you!) should:
Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies, and low in sweetened foods and drinks.
Drink plenty of water (power drinks and juices contain lots of sugar).
Limit between-meal snacks that are high in sugar.
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
Floss at least once daily.
Get regular dental checkups and cleanings. Recommended every 6 months.
Communicate the importance of dental care so children know that their pearly whites are intended to last a lifetime.