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Starting Proper Dental Hygiene Habits Early in Life

You want to take the best possible care of your child, making sure he or she eats properly, gets plenty of sleep, and is safe, happy, and healthy. Oral hygiene is also an essential aspect of their overall health and should not be overlooked.

At an early age, you can establish the habits that lead to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Did you know that babies are born with all of their teeth? The teeth are hidden by the gums until around six months of age. It’s important to begin proper oral care even before the first tooth appears. Healthy gums support healthy teeth!

You can remove bacteria that causes tooth decay by wiping your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feeding. Once the teeth break through, use a fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice and a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush teeth twice per day.

Preventative Measures for Dental Hygiene

To help combat oral issues in the future, don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, as this can promote tooth decay. Schedule a dental appointment after the first baby tooth is visible and establish a regimented oral hygiene habit early on.

Your child will most likely have all of his or her baby teeth by the age of three. During this time, teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques and make sure they pay attention to the back teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes, twice per day.

Finally, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist every six months. As permanent teeth come in, a daily dental hygiene routine is necessary for peak teeth and gum health.