Caring for a child’s smile in the early years begins before the first tooth has even appeared. If you are, or are going to be, a parent or a guardian of a young child, then it is important to establish a plan for a child’s early oral health care well in advance. An infant relies on the care of others to see them through the early stages of their life, so you must be vigilant for any issues or abnormalities that may be present in their mouths. Take the necessary steps to protect their mouths to ensure their smiles will grow and shine to their fullest.
Always make sure that your children are being fed healthy foods and served healthy drinks. Some foods and drinks can be broken down into harmful acids within our mouths. These harmful acids have the capability of eating through tooth enamel. If the child uses pacifiers, never dip them in sugary or sweet substances. Also, do not share eating utensils with the child as you can pass harmful bacteria onto them.
After your child’s first tooth has broken through the skin, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics for an oral examination at our office in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Eagle, Colorado.
After the first tooth has appeared, you should begin brushing the child’s mouth. Until they are three years old, you do not need to use more than a grain-sized amount of toothpaste for each cleaning. Always use dentist-recommended toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
For more information about your child’s oral health, or to schedule a visit with Drs. Casey W. Johnson, Matthew J. Burt, & Paul H. Allen, we can be reached at 970-928-9500. We look forward to making your child’s smile shine bright!