– Clean your infant’s gums with a moist washcloth after feeding.
-Look at your child’s gums and teeth regularly. If you see any changes report them to your child’s dentist.
– When teeth are present, brush with a soft bristled toothbrush.
-Use a small amount of fluoride-containing toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice
* Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. It removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing misses.
* Flossing should begin when 2 teeth touch, typically between 2 and 2½ years of age. Some children may only need a few back teeth flossed and others may
need flossing between all their tight teeth, depending on dental spacing.
* Children usually need assistance with flossing until they are 8 to 10 years of age.
* Flossing tools, such as pre-threaded flossers or floss holders, may be helpful for children who are just learning how to floss.
* Some children may find it easier to use a loop of floss, which is created by taking a piece of floss about 10 inches long and tying the ends together into a circle. Parents (and older children) can hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers to floss.
To prevent tooth decay be sure you-
1. Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt.
2. Limit sugar-containing drinks between meals. Drink water instead.
3. Avoid sticky foods like raisins, fruit leather, and hard candies. Provide the child with healthy alternatives such as fruits and vegetables cut into small pieces (to avoid
choking) or whole grain snacks.
4. Make an appointment with your Pediatric Dentist when the teeth erupt or sooner if you have concerns. It is never too early to prevent dental disease.