When you were a baby the last thing on your mind was having good oral hygiene. Between crying, pooping, and hair pulling you didn’t have the time to keep up with your oral hygiene! Did you know a majority of parents understand that oral habits are responsible for their child’s oral health, yet nearly 90% of parents say that their children’s oral health isn’t as good as it could be! This is a disconnect that needs to be addressed, and can be fixed very easily! We’ve got some great tips for you, so read on!
It Begins Before Teeth
Just because the teeth haven’t come in yet doesn’t mean oral hygiene doesn’t matter. In fact, good overall health for a child is directly linked to what the baby eats, so filling them with sugars and non-nutritious foodstuffs can wreak havoc on your babies body! Good oral hygiene starts with a good diet.
Make sure you get in the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or gauze wrapped around your finger. Gently wipe away any accumulated food that might get stuck in the crevices of your babies mouth.
It Begins With the First Tooth
New parents will make a lot of mistakes, and that’s a part of life. Here though, we can make sure no mistakes are made, and easily. As the baby’s first tooth comes in, get in the habit of brushing the tooth every day, gently, with a soft toothbrush. you can use very little toothpaste as you might imagine. It might be difficult to get baby to cooperate at first, but if you keep up with it, oral hygiene will become a habit for both you and your baby that will hopefully carry over into their later years
It Begins With You
What we’re trying to say through this whole article is that it begins with you. You hold the keys to your child’s success or failure in this area by the importance and impression you make upon them. If they don’t see you making a point to brush your teeth every day, to floss every day, and to enjoy a balanced diet that isn’t loaded with sugars they won’t impress those ideals on themselves. You are the answer, and when they grow up and make their own decisions you can only hope that they remember and follow the things you’ve tried to impress on them since they were young.
It begins with.. Some Tips!
As always, here are some quick tips to help you get on your way to a healthy baby!
- Once any two teeth start touching, it’s time to break out the floss!
- A kid should visit the dentist no later than 6 months after the first tooth comes in.
- Avoid filling sippy cups with milk or juice right before a nap, those sugars will hang out in the child’s mouth while he/she sleeps!
- Kock off the saliva transfer! Sharing utensils, cleaning a pacifier with your mouth, sharing drinks, can all transfer bacteria from your mouth to your child’s, and they can be harmful! So be careful and stop it!
It Ends With.. A Wrap Up
Kids. We love them and we can’t wait to watch them grow up and make a life for themselves, so make sure that you give them as much help in the game as possible and start them off right with oral hygiene. If you’re looking for a dentist for the new addition to your family, why not Hospital Dental Group? Conveniently located in downtown Hartford, CT, we love kids and new families, so fill out the form on the right side of this page and visit us today! If you’re on mobile, just go ahead and click right here to reach out to us today! Thanks for reading!