The Basics on Pediatric Dental Care
Find out how to properly care for your child’s teeth and gums from birth.
Even before your child’s teeth start to come in, you should still be providing their mouths with proper care, especially between feedings. Of course, this isn’t something that all parents, especially first-time parents, know. This is where our Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano can help. Our dental team works with many families living in and around Mendon, NY, to provide dental care, checkups, screenings, and advice to keep children’s growing smiles healthy.
Keep Gums Clean
From the moment your baby is born, you should start practicing healthy oral care for your little one. This means wiping gums with a soft, damp cloth between feedings, as well as in the morning and again at night before bed. This habit should happen as soon as your baby is born, even before teeth start to come in.
Visit the Dentist
Knowing when to bring your child to the dentist for the first time is important. Here at our Mendon, NY, dental practice, children should come in for their first checkup by their first birthday. However, f their teeth start to erupt sooner, then you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This first checkup is important because it allows your child to become accustomed to visiting the dentist. After all, the sooner you start to acclimate your little one to seeing the dentist, the better.
Oral Hygiene in Children
Once teeth come in, it’s time to start brushing. Of course, your baby won’t be able to brush their teeth for many years, so it’s your responsibility to keep them clean. This means brushing them twice a day (just like you do your own) with a pediatric soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You won’t need to start incorporating fluoridated toothpaste into their routine until two years old. The CDC provides some handy information about just how much toothpaste to use depending on your child’s age.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Once your child starts eating solid foods, it’s important that they receive a healthy, balanced diet. If you aren’t sure what to include in your child’s diet, it’s important that you talk with your pediatrician. In order to prevent decay and other problems, it’s important to limit sugar and starches, which increase plaque buildup. Instead, opt for a balanced diet full of vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits. Additionally, try to limit snacking to reduce the amount of plaque buildup that will remain on teeth all day long until it’s time to brush.
Time for a Checkup? Give Us a Call
HFL Dental’s family dentist is proud to serve Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY. If you are looking for a family dentist that can provide every member of your family, from infants to seniors, with comprehensive dentistry, then call us today at (585) 624-1917.