This post from The Fayetteville Dentist is for new parents. It contains important information about kid’s dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.
How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended.
Young children rarely spit voluntarily after you brush their teeth. Instead they swallow, so get them to spit. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.
When should my child see a dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of kid’s dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is essential for their oral health and also to help them become at ease with a dentist from an early age.
What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us right away to make an appointment. We keep extended hours during the week, and weekend hours too, for your convenience.
Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Never put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.
How can I prohibit my toddler from getting cavities?
- Have your child get a dental check-up every six months.
- Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
- If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
- Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
- Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
- Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
- Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to guard enamel.
- Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
- If your child has special medical conditions, bring this to our attention.
- If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
- Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
- Ask us about dental sealants.
- Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
- Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
- Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is essential.
Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper methods are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.
At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we love having our youngest patients come in for a checkup. kid’s dentistry is one of our specialties. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s next appointment today.
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