It may not seem too dire if your child has dental issues like cavities; after all, they’re going to lose those baby teeth, anyway. However, dentists believe that protecting your child’s teeth is very important. Tooth decay in baby teeth can affect the adult teeth growing beneath the surface of the gums, as well as cause your child pain. It’s important to your child’s oral health that you begin preventive measures against tooth decay and other issues when they are young, and teach them how to protect their teeth.
How Soon Should Dental Care Start?
We recommend that your child visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts from their gums. This visit will rarely involve any treatment; just an exam to make sure the teeth are growing in properly. You should also start brushing your child’s teeth with an infant toothbrush as soon as the first one comes in, and flossing when two teeth have started touching each other. It is important that you assist your child in brushing and flossing for the first few years after the teeth erupt, to help them grow accustomed to keeping their teeth clean and healthy.
How to Take Care of Your Child’s Teeth
While brushing and flossing will help maintain your child’s oral health, there are other things you can do to prevent tooth decay. Children should ingest a recommended amount of fluoride, a mineral found in regular tap water, to help strengthen the enamel. If your child drinks mostly bottled water, be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste so that your child will obtain enough of this important nutrient. You should also limit your child’s exposure to sugary foods or drinks, which promote tooth decay, and encourage them to eat healthy foods that promote overall oral health. Instilling these good habits in your children will encourage them to maintain their healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE CHILDREN’S DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.