February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children have specific dental care needs that differ from adults that are important for parents to know. Even though young infants have no visible teeth, they are there under the surface and it’s important to keep your baby’s gums healthy from the beginning. After meals, gently wipe the gums with a washcloth. Once the first baby teeth come in, brush them twice daily with water and a soft-bristle toothbrush. And remember, your baby’s first trip to the dentist should be before their first birthday!
At age 3, your child should start using toothpaste. Use just a small amount and always have them spit it out. And of course, have them avoid sugary foods and drinks like candy, juice, and soda as much as possible. Appointments should be every 6 months. Around age 6, you might see gaps between the teeth start to diminish—time to floss! And don’t let them be surprised by their first tooth falling out. Let them know this is a natural part of growing up.
How old is your child? If they’re due for a checkup, call to make your appointment today at 207-781-5900.