February is the Child Dental Care Month and we want to help you to take care of your little ones!
Most of the parents thin that is ok to wait a little bit, but there's no need to wait until a baby actually has teeth to lay the foundations for good oral or general health. Good nutrition and oral hygiene can start right away.
Start Proper Oral Hygiene Habits ASAP
Gently clean your infant's gums and newly erupting first teeth after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp wash cloth.
Brush With Care
When your baby's teeth come in, brush them gently with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush using no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste.
Teach Your Children
When your child turns 3, you can begin to teach your child proper brushing techniques with no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. You should follow up their efforts by gently brushing the teeth again. Modeling correct technique is important. When your child is about 6 years old, he/she should be developing the dexterity to do it alone. You can then introduce flossing.
Check Your Water
Determine if the water supply that serves your home is fluoridated. If it is not, discuss supplement options with your dentist. Keep in mind that toothpastes and various foods may also contain fluoride.
Fight Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Don't let your child go to sleep with a pacifier or bottle filled with anything but water. When teeth are frequently exposed to sugar-containing fluids (including breast milk and formula) for long periods, the potential for decay increases dramatically.
It is up to you to develop the routines that will help protect your child from tooth decay and other oral health problems. So let's get started!
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