Oral Hygiene for an infant. Oral hygiene for kids starts early. It’s best to begin the process as soon as a few days after birth. In the beginning a wet washcloth or moist gauze can be used. It’s important to wipe a baby’s gums to help remove plaque and residual food.
Oral hygiene for a young child. After eruption of a child’s first tooth it is even more important to provide regular cleanings. As soon as a child’s molar teeth erupt it is time to switch to a soft child sized toothbrush. It’s important to consult with a dentist regarding when to start using fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is important when teeth start to touch. Flossing helps prevent cavities from forming between teeth. By establishing an oral hygiene routine early, kids will be on track to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
First Dental Visit. When a child’s first tooth erupts, it’s time to take them to the dentist. Having the first dental visit by the first birthday has been shown to decrease the likelihood of future cavities. The first dental visit can be thought of as a well child visit at the pediatrician’s office.
- Components of the first dental visit include:
- Review of medical & dental histories
- Examination to determine if cavities are present & how to prevent future cavities
- Dental cleaning
- Review and demonstration of correct oral hygiene
- Evaluation of fluoride exposure & a diet analysis
- Assessment of oral growth and development
- Provide information on teething, pacifiers, tooth grinding & thumb sucking
- Provide information and guidance regarding future dental care
The next blog will discuss preventing decay for your child and how to help a child get through thumb sucking. Please contact our office with any questions and for your free infant dental kit. We are located in Bloomington near the College Mall, next to Goodwill.
Matthew L. Rasche, DDS, MSD, Southern Indiana Pediatric Dentistry, www.SiPediatricDentistry.com, (812) 333-KIDS