Although baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s still important to take good care of them. Baby teeth play an important part in helping your child bite, chew food, and speak clearly. Developing good oral habits while they are young will help them take care of their adult teeth too. Follow these tips to help your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy.
- Brushing – Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day, and start using toothpaste when he or she is two years old. Make sure you choose a toothpaste that is safe for swallowing, because most young kids will swallow instead of spitting it out.
- Flossing – As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day.
- Visiting the dentist – Visit the dentist for regular cleanings every six months.
- Expect some wiggly teeth – At about age six, your child’s teeth may start to become loose. Letting them wiggle the tooth until it falls out can reduce the pain and bleeding from a lost tooth.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.