Oral Health for Toddlers: How can I protect my child’s teeth?

pediatric dentist RockwallRaising a child requires a lot of patience, a wealth of knowledge, and a certain amount of help. First time parents can learn from family members and caregivers. But when it comes to the health of your child, you should rely on the experts … as it pertains to teeth, that would be your pediatric dentist.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Baby Teeth 

Even though your child’s first set of teeth are not permanent, do not ignore the health of baby teeth. Primary teeth pave the way for permanent teeth so following the rules for optimum dental health is important.

As baby teeth begin to emerge, wipe them gently with a clean cloth. Once your baby can sit up, you can brush their teeth with an age appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste.

You should never put your baby or toddler to bed with anything in their bottle but water. Milk, juice, and other beverages can be harmful to your child’s teeth as they can linger in the mouth for hours. Baby teeth can get cavities.

Your child’s first visit with the pediatric dentist should be at twelve months. This first dental exam will assure that your child’s oral health is on track. If there is a problem, early intervention usually produces the best result.

This also provides an excellent opportunity for parents to learn the best way to care for their child’s teeth going forward including the importance of consistent dental office visits. Your child will become familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office instilling confidence and allaying any fears.

Caring for your Toddler’s teeth

As your child grows, you have guidelines to follow such as daily brushing, flossing, and the importance of what your child should eat and drink.

Sugary treats and beverages are intended for special occasions, not everyday fare. Provide healthy fruits and vegetables as toddlers, and you will likely instill good habits that will continue as your child grows.

Once your child is coordinated enough to brush and floss independently, continue to monitor them to make sure they are doing a good job.

Great dental health relies on the right daily care and consistent visits with the pediatric dentist. Follow the advice given to protect your child’s teeth … great oral health is a benefit that can last a lifetime.

If it’s time to schedule your child’s dental exam, contact our team at The Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists today.