Instruction Manual For Your Child's Smile

Friday, June 15th, 2012, 3:22 pm

Children don’t come with instruction manuals so new parents must rely on advice from friends, family, experts and hopefully their own common sense. One area where advice from family members and experts may disagree is dental care for your child. Our understanding of the importance of oral health and prevention of oral disease like tooth decay has changed over the years.

Common questions from new parents include: When should we start brushing the child’s teeth?  When should they come for their first dentist visit?  The answer to the second question is usually around their first birthday. The answer to the first question is even more important however.  What is done for your child’s teeth prior to the first dental visit can be a key factor in a lifetime of good dental health.

Begin good oral hygiene habits early in your child’s life.  Begin when they are infants by wiping their gum tissue with a gauze pad after feedings. Did you know that children are not born with the bacteria that cause tooth decay? They usually “catch” this bacteria from their parents.

You can help prevent cavities  by never putting your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.  You can use use a soft, silicone finger brush when teeth first erupt to get the baby used to “brushing”.  When the child is  ready for their first tooth brush choose a very soft brush that is sized for small children.

Getting your child to start flossing is just as important as brushing.  Flossing cleans areas around the teeth where no brush can go.  It loosens the bacteria which allows it to be removed by the toothbrush.  Start flossing for your child at an early age – it allows them to get used to the process.

As your child grows teach them that “prevention is the best form of treatment”.  By preventing periodontal disease and cavities your child can have a lifetime of great oral health – not to mention the savings  by avoiding fillings and treatment for gum disease.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule a dental visit for every member of your family – even the little ones.

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