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Don’t wait to start caring for your child’s teeth

Good oral hygiene for children starts when they are infants. Regardless of whether a mother is nursing or bottle feeding a child, it’s never too early to start caring for their teeth.

Before any teeth break through the gums, it’s recommended that a child’s gums be wiped with gauze or a warm, wet washcloth after each feeding. When teeth begin to appear, they should be cleaned regularly. Infant toothbrushes are available with smaller brushing heads designed specifically for smaller mouths.

Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. A pediatric dentist will keep a child’s teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that could be stuck in the teeth. Regular cleanings keep teeth free from debris which could lead to other dental diseases and gets a child familiar with going to the dentist and having a dentist or hygienist working on their teeth.

Pediatric care not only includes advice on proper methods to brush and floss your child’s teeth, but also suggestions on eating and drinking habits that will help protect a child’s teeth and gums. Good habits include avoiding foods that are high in sugar and starch and drinks or juices that contain high levels of sugar. If your child uses a bottle to fall asleep, never allow the bottle to remain in the child’s mouth after they have fallen asleep.

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