Your child’s oral health is important to Dr. Ron Stewart and our Stewart Family Dentistry team, which is why we are happy to give you the tips you need to help your child grow into the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve. Those smile-care tips are:
Properly clean the smile
Oral hygiene is extremely important, even when your child doesn’t have teeth yet. Before the teeth grow in, gently clean the gums after each meal by wiping them with a clean, wet, warm washcloth. For children younger than 3 years old, it’s best to brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. For children 3 to 6 years old, it’s best to brush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Also, when two of their teeth grow in next to each other, it’s time to start flossing.
Bring your child into the office
It’s typically recommended to bring your child into our office for their first visit six months after their first tooth has erupted and no later than their first birthday. This appointment is extremely beneficial; it involves your dentist examining the oral cavity, giving you the tips you need, and answering any of your questions.
Take advantage of fluoride
Fluoride is the key to giving your child the strong and healthy teeth they deserve. Fluoride is a natural mineral that prevents tooth decay and nourishes and strengthens the smile. So, please take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your child’s pearly whites.
Avoid dental issues
It’s best to avoid tooth decay as much as possible. You can avoid this dental issue by giving your child healthy products instead of sugary products. Many people tend to fill their children’s bottles with sugary drinks and dip the pacifiers in honey and sugar. We ask that you please avoid doing these things.
Children’s smile care in Lithonia, Georgia, is extremely important to our team, so if you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call 770-872-0662 today and schedule an appointment with your dentist. The more you know about properly caring for your child’s smile, the better off your child will be. We are happy to help you!