The health of your child’s primary teeth have a big impact on his or her overall health. They are important for the development of the child’s mouth as they save space for the child’s future adult teeth.
When you take care of your child’s teeth you will set good oral hygiene habits for your child. It will also ensure that their jaws grow strong and that they have a healthy smile for the rest of their lives.
Here’s some advice to care for your child’s teeth:
- Make sure you get at least 1,000 mg of calcium per day while you’re pregnant. Calcium deficiency affects children’s tooth development and makes them more susceptible to cavities.
- Dental care should begin around the age of one, when the first baby teeth appear. Brush the child’s teeth at least twice a day with a child-size brush and water. Once your child is old enough to spit out toothpaste, he or she can begin using it themselves.
- Teach your child to brush his or her teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes when he or she is old enough, making sure that all tooth surfaces are clean. Once a month, look for early signs of cavities.
- Fluoride helps prevent cavities as it protects and strengthens the teeth. Applying it at an early age will provide further protection for the child’s teeth. Some fluoride sources are fluoridated tap water, foods and drinks containing fluoride, and low-fluoride toothpaste. Your child will get regular fluoride varnish once he or she starts visiting our office.
- Make sure to feed your child a healthy, balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, and low-sugar food & drinks. If he or she insists on eating a sugary snack, serve it with meals rather than in between. Make sure to brush their teeth afterward.
- When your child is one year old, as his or her teeth begin to appear, visit our office for the first dental visit. He or she should visit our office for routine cleanings and checkups. Consult our office to determine how often your child requires a check-up. We usually recommend it every 6-12 months.
If you are pregnant or have a new baby please contact our office (979) 968-9451 with any questions you have.