In honor of February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, here are some pediatric dental tips to help keep your kids healthy and smiling.
How Should I Clean My Child's Teeth?
You can start caring for your baby’s gums even before their teeth come in. Use a soft washcloth or a piece of gauze and gently wipe down their gums twice a day. This will get rid of any bacteria that could leave behind a sticky plaque, causing problems for their teeth once they appear.
Once your baby’s teeth start to come in, start using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just wet the toothbrush while your child is still an infant, and introduce a non-fluoride toothpaste after they turn 1.
Pediatric Dental TipsOnce your child turns 2, it’s safe to introduce a fluoridated toothpaste. Use a pea-sized amount and be sure to supervise them until they are old enough to know how to brush and rinse properly without swallowing the toothpaste. They can usually start brushing unsupervised by the time they enter the first grade.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
The AAPD recommends taking your child to the dentist after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. Not only does this visit help to prevent any tooth decay, but it also gives the parents a great opportunity to ask the dentist any questions they have about their child’s oral health.
What Should I Do if My Child has a Toothache?
Rinse the area with warm salt water and use a cold compress if there is any swelling. Give your child a children’s pain reliever if necessary and see a dentist as soon as you can.
How Often Should My Child Be Seen by the Dentist?
Your child should see a dentist every six months, but be sure to ask your dentist what they recommend based on their health.
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