Children need regular check-ups and professional cleanings just like their parents do, and generally on the same six-month schedule. This basic level of care helps to maintain your child’s good oral health, and semiannual visits allow our dentists to spot any signs of trouble when oral diseases like decay and gum disease are in their earliest, most treatable stages.
Here are some tips to assist you:
o Try to limit between-meal snacks for your child. Snacking often means more acid attacks and a higher risk for tooth decay.
o Avoid giving your child juice until they are 6 months old. At this point limit the amount of juice to no more than 4-6 ounces per day.
o Avoid giving your child sticky, sugary snacks. Introduce them to healthy snacks at a young age, such as cheese, yogurt, and fruit as an alternative to candy, soda, sport drinks, or juice.
o Create a bedtime routine which begins with brushing and flossing nightly. Do not put your child to bed with juice or milk, only water.
o Avoid sippy cups filled with juice or soda. Giving your child water only between meals will greatly decrease their chances of developing cavities.
o See your pediatric dentist by age one to establish a healthy diet and habits to prevent decay.
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen the teeth, and they are especially important for children with developing teeth. These treatments may be recommended for children with inadequate access to fluoride in their environments and/or those with unusually soft teeth.