“When should my child have their first dental check-up?”
“How can we prevent tooth decay?”
“Is baby teeth important? Won’t they fall out anyway?”
Here’s WHY baby teeth are important, and WHY good oral health habits from a young age IS important:
- Healthy mouth is important for a happy, confident child.
- Baby teeth are essential for guiding the position of adult teeth.
- Starting good oral health habits early, have a life-long positive impact on your child’s general health and well-being.
- Early detection and treatment is the best outcome.
OUR TIPS FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH HABITS
- Start early. Start wiping your babies mouth with a clean wet gauze or washcloth daily.
- Don’t let baby your sleep with a bottle.
- The first dental visit should be within 6 months of first tooth erupting or by 12 months of age. Whichever is first. (If you notice anything out of ordinary before this time, it’s a good idea to book an appointment as soon as possible)
- Use age appropriate toothpaste. Babies from 18 months can use a pea-sized low fluoride toothpaste. Encourage your child to spit out toothpaste, but don’t rinse.
- Brush twice daily. Children will need help from an adult until they are 7-8 years old.
- Make brushing fun. Sing a song or brush to an app.
- Water is the best beverage. Fruit juice and sweet drinks can cause tooth decay and should be avoided.
- Eat healthy foods for healthy teeth. Avoid processed foods or sugary drinks.