Good oral hygiene habits should be on the priority list for everyone, including children and babies. Unfortunately, many children ages 2 to 11 develop cavities in their teeth, even though tooth decay is preventable. Follow these tips so that your kids will have a cavity-free dental visit.
Oral care for babies
Even before your baby sports his or her first tooth, it's a good idea to get into the habit of wiping their gums with gauze or a soft wet washcloth during bath time. You don't need to use any toothpaste yet. Simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his gums.
Skip the bottle
At bedtime avoid allowing your baby to go to bed with a bottle filled with milk, juice, or breast milk. The main culprit of tooth decay is sugar and your child's gums would be coated in sugar. If your baby cannot fall asleep without a bottle fill it with water instead.
Once the teeth begin coming in, start taking care of them right away. Many parents think baby teeth aren't important because they're eventually replaced by permanent ones. But these first teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones and help Baby chew and talk. If they're not cared for properly they can decay, leading to a gum infection called gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of permanent teeth.
Good oral hygiene
Children need good oral hygiene, even though they will eventually lose their baby teeth, which serve as an important part of their oral health. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily, just like adults. We recommend that you monitor your child’s oral hygiene habits until they can brush good enough on their own. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children's brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.