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Caring For Your Baby’s Oral Health

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When it comes to the care and health of our children it is never to early to start good habits. We try to instill healthy and productive habits at an early age, and caring for our mouth, teeth and gums this is no different. But when is a good time to start brushing your babies teeth?

Baby teeth are so important. Without a healthy set of baby teeth your child wont be able to eat properly and may suffer impaired speech. It’s an awkward moment for them when you start cleaning those teeth. Fun how they love putting things in their mouth, but when it comes to you caring for their baby teeth they get fussy. Ease into the care of their mouth by wiping their gums with a moist washcloth twice a week, before their teeth start coming in. This will help your child acclimate to the feeling of brushing.

When that first baby tooth pops in you can start with a toothbrush. Make sure it has soft bristles and a small head. Also be sure that the brush has a large handle. Until they are one year old just use a wet toothbrush.

Once your child is about one year old you can introduce a non-fluoride toothpaste. A pea size amount is perfect. Be sure to be gentle and thorough. You should try to brush your child’s teeth for 60 seconds. Your child may not allow that, but do your best. As long as you reach every side, front, back, top and bottom, you will have little to worry about.

When your child reaches about three years of age you can start to introduce fluoride when brushing their teeth, starting with just smear. Starting with a small amount will help prevent cavities and is less likely to cause Fluorosis. Fluorosis is a condition caused by over exposure to fluoride in childhood and can damage tooth enamel. You must always be careful with fluoride toothpaste. After brushing wipe their teeth with a wet cloth to remove any excess toothpaste.

Continue to brush your child’s baby teeth until they are able to hold their own toothbrush. After they start brushing by themselves supervision is still needed during the process. Brushing with your children is a great way for them to see how you brush your teeth and is a great practice. For children ages 3 to 6 be sure they only use a pea size amount of the fluoride toothpaste. Don’t worry, this amount is perfect for a full cleaning.

Always be on the look out for any signs of cavities or other problems, and take your child to the dentist if you see any problems or have any concerns. A dentist can tell you if there is anything to worry about or if there is anything that should be done to help maintain the health of your child’s teeth and gums.

At Charlotte Dentistry, we love children and do our best to create a pleasant environment for children to experience dental treatment. Contact us if you would like to make an appointment or visit the Ask The Expert page to get answers to all your dental questions.

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