Children’s Dental Care
According to experts, healthy teeth are critically important to your child’s overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities.
Nearly all babies have sucking habits that may affect their dental health. For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby’s toothbrush. Avoid baby bottle syndrome (putting the baby to bed with a bottle) and check teeth regularly for spots or stains.
Some important considerations for children:
- Fluoride is important. Start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when they are two years old. You might even start sooner.
- Diet matters. Provide your child with healthy foods, and limit sweet snacks and drinks.
- Schedule regular check-ups to establish and maintain good dental habits and health.
Forming good habits at a young age can help your child have healthy teeth for life.
(source: NIH – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, via MedLine)