Dental Prevention & Home Care Recommendations for Your Child’s Home Care
- Thoroughly clean your infant’s gums after each feeding with a damp soft washcloth to stimulate gum tissue and remove food residue.
- Have a discussion with your dentist or pediatrician about prevention of baby bottle tooth decay, which occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to liquids containing sugar (including fruit juice).
- Brush your baby’s erupted teeth gently with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush moistened with water. After two years of age, you may use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
- Teach your child at age two or three about proper brushing techniques and introduce gentle flossing at seven or eight years old.
- Keep regular visits with your dentist to check for cavities in primary teeth and screen for possible developmental problems.
- Encourage your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits. Avoid mentioning words like “hurt” or “pain”; this can instill fear associated with dentistry.
- Ask your water company if the water supply that serves your home is fluoridated; if not, discuss supplement options with your dentist or hygienist.
- Ask your hygienist or dentist about sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.
Teen and Adult Home Care
Proper home care plays a significant role in preserving permanent teeth and protecting them from decay and destructive periodontal (gum) disease.
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