Infant Dental Care
As parents, we all want our children to grow up healthy and happy, and one crucial aspect of their well-being is oral hygiene. Caring for their teeth and gums is not only essential for preventing cavities and other dental issues, but it can also have a significant impact on their overall health. After all, healthy teeth and gums can help your child eat comfortably, speak clearly, and smile confidently. However, how can we ensure our children get the oral care they need? The key is to make oral hygiene a positive and fun experience rather than a chore. That is exactly what we at Aurora Children’s Dentistry can help you do. We discuss a few measures below.
Start Oral Hygiene Early to Establish Healthy Habits
It's never too early to start practicing good oral hygiene habits. Even before your child's first tooth emerges, you can use a soft, damp cloth to clean their gums and remove any bacteria that may be present. As soon as the first tooth appears, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a tiny amount of fluoride.
Teach your child how to brush their teeth and establish routines for eating, drinking, and sleeping. Consequently, ensure they know that brushing should be done at least twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. After all, there are no hard rules when teaching your child about oral health care. What is important is that you make sure they understand what they need to do with their dental hygiene routine, so they don't end up having any problems later on down the road.
Floss As Soon As Two Teeth Touch to Prevent Plaque Buildup
Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene that should begin as soon as your child's teeth start touching each other. When teeth touch, it creates spaces where food particles and bacteria can become trapped, leading to plaque buildup and, eventually, tooth decay. Flossing helps remove this plaque and keeps your child's teeth and gums healthy.
Regular Dental Check Ups Help Prevent Oral Health Problems
We recommend that children receive regular dental check ups every six months to maintain good oral health. Even if there are no apparent dental problems, these check ups are crucial to monitor your child's oral health and identify potential issues before they become more serious.
During a dental check up with our pediatric dentist, we will carefully examine your child's teeth and gums, searching for any signs of decay or gum disease. We may also take x-rays to check for any underlying issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Prolonged Thumb-Sucking or Pacifier Use Can Lead to Orthodontic Problems
Prolonged use of pacifiers or thumb-sucking can cause orthodontic problems, so it's important to avoid these habits in children. Frequent sucking on a pacifier or thumb can cause the teeth to become misaligned and affect the proper growth of the jaws, leading to difficulties with biting, chewing, and speaking.
Help your child establish good oral hygiene habits early on. Schedule a dental check up with Aurora Children’s Dentistry and our expert dentist will teach your child how to care for their teeth and gums properly. From brushing and flossing techniques to tips on healthy eating habits, we'll provide your child with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain optimal oral health. Contact us at 907-336-1234 for consultation.