It’s never too early to start caring for you child’s oral health! Early childhood tooth decay has become the most common chronic childhood disease. According to the American Dental Association, more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten.
When should my child start seeing a dentist?
The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that children should be established with a dentist by their first birthday or first tooth.
Tips for Maintaining your Child’s Oral Health
- Clean your baby’s gums daily. Gently wipe a damp washcloth over their gums after each feeding to clear away harmful bacteria.
- Start brushing with the first tooth. Be sure to use an infant toothbrush with water and a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Schedule routine check-ups every 6 months
- Brush twice each day for 2 minutes
- Begin flossing. Once your child’s teeth touch, you can start to floss in between them.
- Keep them hydrated, but avoid juices and sugary drinks. Water helps rinse away sugar or any particles that can lead to cavities.
- Replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Johnson Health Center can help your family maintain proper oral health. We have three dental offices currently and will soon begin a mobile dental unit. All insurances are accepted, including Medicaid!