The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth appears. At this visit, your dentist can teach you more about proper pediatric oral hygiene and check for cavities. It is important to start establishing a daily brushing routine when your child turns two.
Your child’s oral hygiene routine should include:
- Brush for two minutes two times a day
Make sure to brush in the morning and at night before bed. It is important to brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.
- Floss Daily
It is important to floss your child’s teeth daily. Flossing removes plaque from the surfaces between the teeth, which are impossible to clean with a toothbrush.
- Visit the dentist every six months
Regular cleanings and check-ups are very important. These visits allow for optimal cleaning and for your dentist to catch any problems, such as cavities.
As your child gets older, there are two treatments recommended to prevent tooth decay. These treatments are:
- Topical Fluoride: By applying fluoride directly to your child’s teeth in higher concentrations than found in toothpaste or water, they will have additional protection and be more resistant to decay.
- Dental Sealants: These are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealants form a protective shield over these vulnerable areas, keeping out plaque and food. Children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as they come in.
Baby teeth set the stage for the permanent teeth to develop and come in correctly. By taking care of them and teaching your children correct habits, parents ensure lifelong dental health for their children. Keeping sugary foods in check, encouraging regular brushing and flossing, and working with your dentist will lead to good oral hygiene. Call New Town Dentistry for your next appointment.