The habits people develop during childhood often remain with them for a lifetime. When it comes to oral health, one of the most important things you can do as a parent is start caring for your child’s teeth and gums as early as possible. You should also set a good example by eating nutritious foods and limiting sugary snacks yourself.
Oral Healthcare for Infants and Toddlers
Each time your baby nurses or finishes a bottle, be sure to wipe his or her gums with a clean gauze pad to prevent a build-up of bacteria. The team at A. Paul S. Bell, DDS also urge you to never put your baby to bed with a bottle. The formula residue remains on the gums all night and can lead to potential oral health issues when your child gets older.
When your baby starts cutting teeth, you should plan to brush them twice a day using just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste without fluoride. We typically advise parents to wait until their child is at least two years old to start using fluoridated toothpaste.
You can help your child not develop a sweet tooth by limiting the amount of candy, cookies, and fruit juice you have available in your home. Offer fruits and vegetables as snacks instead. Regular preventive dental care in Victorville, CA is also important.
When Should Your Child Visit a Dentist for the First Time?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) state that parents should schedule a preventive care exam by the time their child turns one or the first teeth erupt. Dr. Bell and his staff have completed specialized education to work exclusively with pediatric patients. Please contact us to schedule your baby’s first appointment or if we have not seen your child in more than six months.