LOOKING AFTER YOUR CHILD'S TEETHWe recommend that you take your child to visit a dentist by his/her 1st birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This will help to get them used to visiting a dentist from an early age.
Routine 6 monthly visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.
Begin daily teeth brushing as soon as you see your child’s first tooth. A tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough to not to swallow it. By age 4 or 5 children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day with adult supervision to make sure they are doing a thorough job. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You should floss your child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone.
HEALTHY EATING HABITS LEAD TO HEALTHY TEETH
Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. Watch the number of snacks containing sugar that you give to your child. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel.
If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the left over food particles that combine to create cavities.
Never put a baby to bed with a bottle of any liquid other than water. Milk and juices have acids and sugar in them, and they can quickly rot a baby’s teeth if they are in contact with these liquids all night long. Water is safe.
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