Dental Health for kids

child-brushing teeth

A child’s dental health is an important factor in their lives. Oral health can affect what individuals choose to eat, how clearly they speak, and their health in general. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene with your children as soon as their first tooth comes in.

Children’s teeth start to form between 4-10 months of age. It is recommended that children see a dentist when their first tooth has come through, or by 12 months of age. This allows a dentist to check for any signs of tooth decay or cavities, demonstrate the proper way to clean teeth, and help prepare children for future dentist visits. Here are some tips for oral health:

  • Once your child has their first tooth, brush their teeth twice a day with a child size soft toothbrush.
  • Try to wean your child from the bottle at 12-18 months of age. Giving up the bottle helps prevent tooth decay which is the most common infectious disease in children. If your child needs to suck on something at bedtime try to give them a pacifier or teach them to suck their fingers.
  • Give fruit juice only at meals. If your child is thirsty between meals give them water.
  • Avoid soda and too many sugary snacks.
  • Rinse your child’s pacifier with only water. Try not to use your own mouth or any sweet liquids to clean the pacifier.
  • Model good dental habits for your children.

 

For more information please visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/