What is the best way to care for children's teeth?
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so be sure that your child brushes his or her teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than age 2, we normally do not advise using fluoride toothpaste. When your child is old enough to be able to brush themselves, allow them to do so, but we highly recommend you supervise the brushing (even brushing them again afterwards if need be) until they are capable of effectively brushing on their own.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and we are more than happy to discuss with you and your child the right time to start flossing and proper technique.
If you notice signs of decay, or if your child is complaining of tooth pains, please contact us immediately!