Pasadena, Deer Park Kids Dentist:
Baby’s First Tooth
Dental care for your child should begin even before any teeth come in. After a feeding, gently wipe down the gum tissue with a soft damp cloth. This cleans the gum tissue and is also preparing your child for future teeth brushing.
Never Give Nighttime Bottles or Sippy Cups
Never let your child have a bottle / sippy cup of juice or milk in the crib at night time. This is disastrous for your child’s health. Frequent little sips of the sugary liquid throughout the night will cause rampant cavities. If your child must have a bottle in the crib make sure it is water.
Begin Brushing and Flossing Habit Young
Your child might fight and scream during tooth brushing but it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure their young child has good oral hygiene. When my kids fought me on brushing I gave them the choice: “the easy way or the hard way”. When Emily and Katherine would not do the easy way they got the loving headlock. I sometimes had to restrain them to brush their teeth. They both quickly learned that skipping teeth brushing was not an option.
Emily is almost seven. I still brush her teeth. Emily loves her kids Sonicare electric toothbrush. I go first for 3 beeps (90 seconds) and Emily gets 1 beep (30 seconds). I use a kids manual toothbrush on little Katherine. I floss both girls’ teeth.
Childs First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist before their first birthday. This appointment is more for counseling and coaching with the parents. About age three we have great successes with cleaning kids teeth. A strategy that helps the little ones get comfortable with our office is for the young child to watch an older sibling or parent get their teeth cleaned. We then get the little one to sit on the dental chair and we will make the chair go up and down. The more familiar the young child is with our office the easier it is to start professional teeth cleaning.
Lifelong Dental Health
It is vital to teach children how to properly care for their teeth and develop outstanding dental hygiene. Creating the foundation of amazing oral health for your child starts with parents.