Dental care and good dental habits are important, and it is very important that you start early. Children’s dental care is a vital part of keeping them healthy, and as one in five kids in the U.S. goes without quality dental care, you want to make sure they’re kept in good health.
A child’s first dentist visit can be a good way to get an understanding of how they’re doing, and what can be done to make that even better. But dentistry for kids can be difficult to get the grasp on. When do you start?
Do help you get a good idea of how to start dentistry for kids, and at what age you should start it, here are some helpful tips.
1. Start With Fluoride
A lot of pediatric dentistry experts say that you should start with the “safe is swallowed” non-fluoride tooth paste, but the ADA has recently changed their guidelines on this. They now recommend the opposite. So as soon as your child gets their first tooth, you should start with fluoride.
This is because tooth decay is becoming more and more common in kids these days, and so you should teach them to use the best products early. Pediatric dental care needs to be as good as adult care, even if they are expected to lose those teeth anyway. The CDC, AAPD, and the ADA all support this.
Go To The Dentist Early And Often
You should go to the dentist office at a young age, and as often as is recommended. This would be the two times a year that the AAPD and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend. They also recommend that you take your child to the dentist by their first birthday, to start a dental history.
Use The Right Tools Early
You should brush your child’s teeth before their teeth fully erupt with infant’s tooth and gum wipes one a day. IT can prevent bacteria from taking root on the folds of the tongue. That can be delayed from getting in your child’s mouth with brushing and wiping, and also clean their toys and their pacifier often. You should also be sure to use fluoride at the start, too.
These are just some tips for your child’s early dental care, and if you’re interested in learning more you should contact us. We’ll be able to provide you with tons of information and advice.