Your little one will soon begin teething and their baby teeth will becoming in. As a new parent, you might wonder when you should start caring for your child’s teeth and visiting the dentist. The good news is you can cavity-proof your baby’s teeth before they start teething.
As soon as your child turns one-year-old, visit the dentist at least every 6 months. You will want to brush, floss, and help your child care for their teeth with cavity-proofing tips below.
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Without further ado, here are 6 tips to help cavity proof your children’s teeth.
Use fluoride from the start and don’t bother with non-fluoridated “training” toothpaste. Use a grain of rice size for infants and a pea-size for children at the age of three.
Visit the dentist early and often
Make an appointment by the time your child is one-year-old. Also, make sure you get in the habit of visiting the dentist twice a year, every 6 months is a good time to visit.
Pay attention to their gums
It might seem weird to clean the gums of your child’s mouth where their teeth will be, but there is bacteria there that can cause cavities. Wipe your child’s gums before their first tooth comes in with a cost, clean cloth or a gauze.
Help them brush their teeth
Help your child brush their teeth for them until they are six-years-old. This will help ensure their teeth are getting cleaned properly. If your child wants to help out or doing all by themselves go ahead and let them. This will help them learn that brushing is good and fun. Make sure you go in for a second cleaning if they want to brush all by themselves.
Teach them the technique
The correct technique for brushing teeth is very important in order to keep the cavities away. Make sure to teach your children to brush all the surfaces in tiny circles, not just back and forth. Try to aim to brush their teeth for 2-3 minutes.
Don’t forget to floss
Flossing teeth is another very important dental hygiene. When your little one starts getting two teeth that touch each other that’s when you need to start flossing their teeth daily. Once they are a bit older, such as 6-years-old, then they can floss on their own.