Tips On Caring For Little Teeth
From the time we are young, we have learned about the importance of caring for our teeth. We only get one set of natural teeth to last our entire lives. The earlier we start taking care of them properly, the longer we will have them to enjoy. I stress the importance of learning to care for teeth to even my youngest patients. I want to share some helpful tips and advice to my patients with young children to help ensure their teeth not only develop correctly, but remain healthy as well. Continue reading to learn more about my advice.
Making Sure Your Child’s Teeth Develop Correctly
Whether you are a parent or have a young child in your life, you want the best for them. There is nothing more exciting than when they experience new milestones in their lives. As children continue to grow, it is important to be mindful of not only their physical health, but their oral health as well. You may be surprised to learn that there are certain precautions you can take when children are younger to help their teeth develop correctly, including:
Brush When the First Tooth Erupts
It is important to start brushing a child’s teeth once their first tooth erupts. Not only does it keep decay from developing, it starts a routine that can be continued through childhood and then into adulthood. The earlier you stress the importance of maintaining proper oral health the better.
Limit Juice and Gummy Snacks
Two of children’s favorite things include juice and gummy snacks, and they are some of the worst treats for your teeth. While we know many children enjoy gummy snacks, it is best to limit them and brush teeth shortly afterwards. If you give juice, it is best to only give it from time to time, not daily, and offer a low-sugar option or water it down when possible.
Monitor Pacifier Use and Thumbsucking
There are many infants and toddlers who use pacifiers or suck their thumbs. At a young age, it can help with development, but it should be phased out by age four. The longer a pacifier is used or a thumb is sucked, the greater chance a child has of developing speaking issues as well as oral health issues.
If your child or young loved one is due for their first visit, we would love to see them! Be sure to also check when your last hygiene examination was as well. We look forward to seeing you at our office located in Canandaigua, NY soon!