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Tips for Childrens’ Dental Care

A child’s first tooth is an exciting time. But while a baby’s teeth are not permanent, they still need to be taken care of to ensure proper oral health.

Many parents are not sure of when they should start bringing their child to the dentist. However, the earlier you can get kids started with strong oral hygiene habits, the better.

What to Know About Children’s Teeth

There is a common misconception that babies do not need to get their teeth looked at by a dentist. But in order to ensure teeth are growing properly, they’ll want to start making appointments with a family dentist around age 1, or whenever they get their first tooth.

Formulas, breast milk, and juices all contain sugars or acids that may be harmful to the teeth, especially if not washed away properly. It is even possible for your baby to develop cavities or experience gingivitis. If your baby drinks more than just water, you’ll want to talk with your dentist about how to properly clean your child’s teeth to avoid any kind of decay.

A dentist can also walk parents through proper oral hygiene habits as the child ages. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your baby’s teeth as they begin to grow in:

  1. Use a wet washcloth to wipe down gums and teeth after feeding.

  2. Avoid cavities by not giving your baby a bottle of milk or juice when going to bed.

  3. Begin practicing twice daily brushing at age two, or when teeth have grown in.

  4. Use only a rice-size amount of toothpaste when brushing

Regular dental exams are crucial for young children with teeth. Once your baby has begun to grow their first set of teeth, begin a consistent appointment schedule with Dr. Anderson. Dr. Anderson can provide you with additional tips for maintaining your child’s oral health.

To schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment, contact the Kansas City, MO dentistry office of Dr. Anderson. As a dentist who can serve your entire family, Dr. Anderson can help you ensure your children are growing up with healthy teeth and gums.

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