Dental Tips for Parents
Instilling proper oral health habits early in your child's life is the key to preventing tooth decay and gingivitis. Good dental
hygiene routines should be started as early as your child's first teeth erupt and continued throughout life. Below are a few
easy dental tips for parents.
- Parents should wipe their newborn's gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding to control the accumulation of plaque
and to establish this ritual as part of the daily routine.
- Parents should begin brushing their child's teeth as soon as they come in, with only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Ideally, flossing should begin when two adjacent teeth touch.
- Children should visit the dentist no later than six months after the first tooth erupts, or before the child's first birthday.
- Parents should not give an unattended or sleeping child a bottle with milk or juice. Instead, children should drink water to
prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
- Dental sealants are an excellent way to prevent tooth decay in children. The dental sealant procedure takes only minutes, is
painless, is less than half the cost of a filling and is virtually 100 percent effective at stopping decay.
- If a child (or adult) has a permanent tooth knocked out of his/her mouth, follow these procedures: gently rinse (not scrub)
the tooth off and place it in a cup of warm milk (salt water is the second best choice; plain water, the third best), call
the dentist and bring the child and the soaking tooth in immediately for re-implantation and stabilization.