When it comes to taking care of children, most parents are primarily concerned with the golden rule: try not to break it. Other factors, like baby oral care, seem to fall under the radar. We understand that many parents are not aware of the proper oral hygiene routine for their young ones. To help assure you don’t miss a step, we’ve gathered some frequently asked questions. Please see the following:
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
Any soft bristle brush will do. Primarily one with a small head designed specifically for infants. Brush at least once a day prior to bedtime.
When should my child go for the first dental check-up?
When a tooth first appears it is a sign that you should schedule a visit to the dentist.
Are baby teeth important to my child?
Yes! Baby teeth allow your children to chew their food naturally, speak clearly, and form a path that the permanent teeth can later follow.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
Rinse the area with warm salt water. If it is swollen, place a cold compress on the irritation. Rather than placing an aspirin on the teeth or gums, give your child acetaminophen and call the dentist.
How can I prevent tooth decay caused by nursing?
Avoid nursing your child to sleep. Similarly, before bedtime avoid putting anything other than water in their bottle. Brushing your child’s teeth will also help prevent tooth decay.
How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
Your pediatric dentist can evaluate the fluoride level of the primary drinking water. If there is not enough fluoride in the water, your dentist may then prescribe supplements.
When should I begin using toothpaste for my child?
The sooner the better! As soon as the teeth begin to appear, fluoride toothpaste should be used in your child’s oral care routine. For children under 2 years old, use just a dab. For those 2-5 years old, apply a “pea sized” amount of toothpaste on their brush and encourage them to brush their own teeth.
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Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, your child’s oral health is our priority! Make an appointment today at either our Commack location or our Medford location. To learn more about our practice, visit us on the web at www.supermolar.com.