Thank you for continuing our series, A Pediatric Dentist is a Necessary Component to Your Child’s Oral Health. In our first installment of this series, you learned that conscientious care of a child’s first teeth is necessary element for ensuring a healthy mouth. By ensuring that your child sees a pediatric dentist on a regular basis, you can aid in preventing the onset of cavities, tooth decay, and other common oral health complications.
Oral hygiene actually starts in the infant years. By developing a dental hygiene regimen at birth you will learn how to care for your child’s oral health.
Examples include cleaning the mouth, which oral health products are ideal for children, and many other tips to a healthy mouth. In our last installment, we started expounding on these tips.
This week, we will conclude this series with more detailed strategies for optimizing the oral health of your child.
What a Pediatric Dentist Can Teach You
Steps You Can Take Immediately as a Parent
As a parent, it is your job to ensure that your child is as healthy as possible. This includes making certain that they have optimal oral health. The following outlines a few steps that you may take, immediately, to make certain that you are helping your child in achieving the highest-level of care to ensure a healthy mouth:
- Remember, a child is never too young to receive oral health care. As mentioned in our previous installment, you should clean your baby’s gums as early as possible. The best method for completing this task is to use sterilized gauze that is water-soaked.
- When you notice the first eruptions of teeth in your baby’s mouth, you should continue cleaning the gums and brush the area with a very small toothbrush that has soft-bristles. You may use fluoridated toothpaste, but, only a very small amount.
- When your child reaches two to three years old – depending on their maturity level – you may start teaching them to brush their own teeth. Remember, use only a small amount of the fluoridated toothpaste. You should show your child how to properly brush and watch over them as they brush. Once they have finished, praise their efforts, and go over the teeth as a follow-up to their efforts.
- Once your child masters the art of brushing and is exhibiting a high level of dexterity, you should introduce them to flossing. Once this has been introduced, they should be encouraged to floss whenever they brush.
- Finally, you should determine if the water running to your home is considered to be fluoridated. If you find that it is not, you should ask your pediatric dentist about fluoride supplements and seek approval to provide the child with fluoride water to drink. This may be purchased from your local grocery store.
There are many steps that you may take, as a parent, to ensure optimal oral health in your child. The main and the most important step is to ensure that you set your child up with a pediatric dentist.
This type of oral health specialist will perform regular checkups, will help in the prevention of cavities, and may help prevent more serious complications – such as tooth decay – from developing.
By combining the tips and techniques that we have presented to you with the care of a licensed pediatric dentist, you will pave the way for optimal oral health in your child!