According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is the most common dental problem with young children. Poor care and cleaning of children’s teeth is the leading cause of this epidemic. Tooth decay negatively affects permanent teeth and leads to future dental problems.
Caring for the health of your child’s mouth begins early on, even before they grow teeth. You should wipe down your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth daily. Brushing your child’s teeth takes place as soon as they grow their first tooth. Brush their teeth twice a day using a small soft-bristled toothbrush with a smear (size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste.
Showing and assisting your child while they brush their teeth sets a good example and not only encourages them to participate, but it also teaches your child about the importance of good oral health. Our pediatric dentist in North Palm Beach recommends which style of toothbrush and type of toothpaste is best for your child.
Once your child reaches age three, increase the amount of toothpaste your child uses. Using only a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste, make sure to clean their teeth thoroughly. When brushing, use a circular motion to gently massage their teeth, getting all the hard-to-reach places for a clean smile. Ensure your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste because swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste makes white or brown spots develop on your child’s adult teeth.
Consuming too much sugar also contributes to your child’s developing tooth decay. Limit sugar from your child’s diet, which exposes their teeth to the risk of cavities. “Sticky sugar” foods such as sticky caramel, toffee, gum, and dried fruit do serious damage to their teeth. Also allowing them to drink sugary drinks in their sippy cup for a long period of time also puts their teeth at risk.
Once they start to grow teeth, it’s essential to incorporate regular dental visits. During these dental visits, your child’s pediatric dentist in North Palm Beach makes sure all teeth are developing normally and that there are no dental problems, providing further advice on proper hygiene as they grow. Our team may also utilize a topical fluoride solution to provide extra protection against cavities. For more information or to set up an appointment for your growing child, visit our pediatric dentist in North Palm Beach at Premier Dentistry.
Call our North Palm Beach location at (561) 626-3474 and our front desk staff will happily assist you.