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Early establishment of good oral hygiene, regular dental visit, and nutritional habits will follow your child into adulthood.
Start Dental care for your baby early:
Early care of your child’s teeth and gums is essentials. Dental care should start when their first tooth appears.
- To start, you should gently clean your infant’s gums and new teeth with a clean wet washcloth after feeding. When your child start eating solid food, you can move to soft-bristled brushed with a smear of fluoridated toothpaste.
- Another important part of your child’s dental care is to start regular dental visits around their first birthday. Their primary (baby) teeth should be erupting and you will want to begin prevention measures against tooth decay. Early visit to the dentist will allow your child to be used to the unfamiliar surroundings of a dental office and the pediatric dentist will go over some important dental care information.
- Some of daily nutritional habits can help your child reduce the risk of getting cavities: You should not allow your child to sleep with a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, juices, and other sugary drinks will increase your child’s risk of tooth decay. In addition, limit their consumption of sugary snacks to meal times. In between meals, healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables (non-processed food) is a better choice.
- Injury prevention is also another important features to consider: don’t let your child play too close to hard furniture/things that they could fall on. Electric cords should not be expose for a child to bite on. If your child start playing contact sports, invest in a mouth guard.