Caring for your child’s teeth is very important, especially when they are very young and can’t do it themselves. When you set up healthy habits by caring for your child’s teeth, they will often be able to continue these habits on their own as well.
Here are some tips to remember:
· Give healthy foods, snacks and drinks
· Always clean your young child’s mouth and teeth after eating
· Take your child to the dentist regularly
· Don’t share cups, utensils, pacifiers, bottles and other items that go in the mouth
· Clean your child’s mouth after giving medicine (many contain sugar)
· Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste when cleaning your child’s mouth
· Only give a baby a bottle or sippy cup with water when you put them to put or down for naps
· Don’t let your baby walk around with bottles or sippy cups or milk, juice or other sugary drinks
When you follow these tips and start at a young age (before any teeth have even come through), you child will be used to the habit of clean teeth. Then it won’t be difficult to clean your young child’s teeth or to teach an older child to keep their teeth cleaned as well.
The teeth are one of the most important parts of the body that is commonly neglected. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to help your child care for their teeth and there are more tools and resources today than ever before to help you do so. Start creating positive habits for your child today.