Dental Hygiene Through the Years | Northridge Dentist

Parents usually provide oral hygiene care until their child is old enough to take responsibility for their daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. And believe it or not, it is important from the day your child is born. Their teeth have yet to break through their gums, so make sure to begin dental hygiene as soon as possible. Here is a quick reference guide to take you through the first five years:

Baby faces. Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

After the first tooth. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.

Once they turn one. To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at nap time or bedtime.

Toddler time. One thing to keep in mind is that little humans love to do things on their own. Because bedtime leaves your child’s mouth with a lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities, brushing before bed is important. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then just follow-up with the basics until they are flying solo. In fact, the best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example, so make dental routines a family affair.

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