Your child deserves to have a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile, and the only way to give that to them is by doing the following things:
Begin an oral hygiene routine early
Before your child’s teeth grow into place, clean their mouth regularly. You can do so by wiping the gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth to remove the plaque that can harm your child’s erupting teeth.
Care for the teeth
Once the teeth come in, make sure you brush them twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, only use a small, pea-sized dab of toothpaste. When two teeth grow in next to each other, make sure you begin flossing as well.
Be careful with bottle feedings
Please do not put sugary drinks, like soda and juice, into your child’s bottle. If you do, your child is vulnerable to baby bottle tooth decay. The best liquids to put in the bottle are milk, baby formula, and breast milk. Also, please do not send your child to bed with a bottle. Make sure they finish their beverage before they hit the pillow.
Our team at Smiles Dental cares for you, your child, and your smiles, so if you need additional help or if you need to talk to Dr. Ken Waddell about any concerns, please remember that you can always call 503.980.4657 and schedule an appointment. We are here to help you and your child achieve your smile goals, so please do not hesitate to give us a call!