Many people bring their child for their first dental visit at the age of 3. However, this is actually three years too late. You should bring your child between 6 and 12 months of age and no later than age 1. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and for the future. It will also establish a dental home for them. Not only this, but it is also a great way to catch oral health problems early and provide the correct treatment if necessary.
You should keep your child’s teeth clean in the same way adult’s follow an oral hygiene routine. This means that you will need to follow the following steps:
- Brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
- Floss once a day
- Avoid sugary food & drinks
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
Visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups
Baby bottle tooth decay occurs in infants. This often occurs when babies are left to fall asleep with the bottles. The sweetened liquids such as milk and fruit juice create a sticky substance on your child’s teeth called plaque. This can lead to tooth decay. The best way to avoid this is to limit the amount of fruit juice your child consumes and opt for water when possible. Do not allow your child to fall asleep with his/her bottle and clean their teeth twice a day.
Brushing your teeth once in the morning and once at night is a good practice. However, you should wait for about 30 minutes after you have eaten to avoid pushing acid from the food into your teeth.
Whether you choose an electric or a manual toothbrush, you can receive a great clean! Just be sure to select a toothbrush with soft bristles.
You do not need to floss your teeth as regularly as you brush them, however, you should aim to floss them once a day.
To achieve optimal results, we recommend that you floss at least twice a day. Suggested times include:
- When you wake up in the morning
- After lunch time
- Before going to bed – sleep with your pearly whites feeling clean and fresh
We recommend that you start teaching your child to floss as soon two teeth have come through and continue to teach them until they are around 8 years old when they have the dexterity to floss.