New parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. These recommendations are in line with ours, at Wilson Dental Group.
Brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to tooth decay as older teeth. We recommend using a warm, damp cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth.
When your child gets a little older, it is important to choose the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing as pleasant as possible. A soft-bristled brush is best. Again, a small amount of toothpaste is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are helpful.
If your child can’t tolerate the taste of toothpaste, it’s okay to brush without it for a while. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.
When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is essential to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most little ones don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.
At Wilson Dental Group our services include children’s dentistry. We want our young patients to enjoy good dental health. We want you to, as well! We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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