Children are not aware of how important oral health is, therefore, it is crucial to have someone guide them through the process of taking care of their teeth. Do know that the care for a child’s teeth and gums begins with the influence of their parents. They should educate their child on healthy practices and good oral habits that lead to a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene.
Here are some tips we at Arbor Dental have prepared to help keep a child’s oral health in tip-top shape.
How do you take care of an infant’s teeth?
Babies are born with their teeth hidden inside the gums. Around six months old, the teeth will start to peek through the gums. Despite not having teeth yet, taking care of an infant’s oral health is essential.
There’s a condition called “baby bottle tooth decay” that occurs if babies drink milk or other formulas for an extended period. This condition can also be caused by leaving the milk bottle inside the baby’s mouth while they sleep. So, remember, do not let the milk bottle linger inside the baby’s mouth for too long. After feeding, make sure to wipe a baby’s gums with a clean and soft washcloth; this is to the milk residue for it can cause tooth decay.
How about when they get older?
At around the age of three, the baby teeth would all be complete. These are called the primary teeth. At the age of 6, the primary teeth will start falling off. Generally, the set of permanent teeth will be completed at age 13.
Once the teeth begin to erupt, brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a pea-sized fluoride toothpaste. Teach the child how to floss the moment their teeth touch. Lastly, make sure to remind them of the importance of proper oral hygiene.
Arbor Dental is always ready to take action involving you and your child’s oral health. If you want to experience secure and more child-friendly Children’s Dentistry service in Brentwood, CA, contact us and book their appointment.