Need some advice on how to best care for your child's teeth and gums? Look no further! We have gathered several American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved tips for your child's best oral health and have narrowed it down to the top 7. Let's take a look -
1. Wipe your infant's gums at least twice daily
Even before they have teeth, it is essential that a baby's gums are being wiped at least twice a day, ideally after the morning and evening feedings. This helps to remove any bacteria and keep your baby's mouth nice and clean.
2. Visit the Dentist before their First Birthday
While it may seem a bit strange to take your infant to the dentist prior to their first birthday, doing so allows the dentist to identify any possible issues early on and take the necessary measures for treatment and prevention.
3. Consider Fluoride to Help Support Healthy Teeth
Fluoride is a mineral found in your teeth and bones, and can also be found organically in water and soil. Dentists use fluoride to help protect teeth and prevent cavities. Be sure to ask your child's dentist about recommended fluoride treatments at their next appointment.
4. Help Your Child Brush their Teeth
Helping your child brush their teeth is one of the best ways to teach them the importance of oral hygiene. Experts recommend brushing teeth at least twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once before bed time. Pro-tip: This is a great time to bond with your child. Making a game out of brushing their teeth, talking to them about healthy choices, or even humming a silly song are great ways to add some fun to their nighttime routine!
5. Provide Tap Water that Contains Fluoride
While most cities add fluoride to their tap water, there are some that don't. Not sure if your tap water contains fluoride? Call your local city manager or water department to find out. If your drinking water does not contain fluoride, talk to your child's dentist to discuss options for fluoride supplements.
6. Ask Your Child's Dentist about Sealants
Dental sealants are a thin coating that can be applied by your child's dentist or dental hygienist (the person that cleans their teeth). Sealants are applied to the chewing surface of a child's back teeth and help prevent cavities for multiple years.
7. Take Your Child to all Routine Teeth Cleanings
Routine teeth cleanings are essential to your child's oral health. These appointments allow dental hygienists and dentists to check for potential issues and take necessary precautions to prevent or treat them.