Caring for a child’s smile in the initial years starts before the first tooth has even appeared. If you are, or are going to be a parent or a guardian of a young child, then it is significant to establish a plan for a child’s early oral health care well in advance. An infant must depend upon the care of others to help them get through the initial stages of life, so you must be watchful for any abnormalities in their mouths. You can take the essential steps to ensure their smiles will grow and shine to their fullest.
Always make sure that your children are fed healthy foods and offered healthy drinks. Some foods and drinks can be fragmented into harmful acids within our mouths. These harmful acids eat through tooth enamel. If the child has pacifiers, don’t dip them in sugary or sweet substances. Also, don’t share eating utensils with your child; you can pass harmful bacteria onto them.
After your child’s tooth has broken through the skin, be sure to book an appointment with your dentist at Tommy J. Baugh, DDS for a dental cleaning at our office in Houston, Texas.
After the first tooth has appeared, you should brush the child’s mouth. Until they are three years old, you don’t need to use more than a grain-sized amount of toothpaste for each cleaning. Always use toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
For more information about your child’s oral health, or to book an appointment with Dr. Tommy Baugh, just call 281-484-1006. We are excited to make your child’s smile shine bright!