Starting Dental Care for Your Kids
When should you start dental care for children? It's recommended that kids see a dentist around their first birthday. But even before you can see your baby's teeth, you can start taking care of the gums. Here are some tips for helping your kids grow up with healthy smiles.
Time to Start Dental Health for Kids
Even before your baby starts teething, the teeth are under the gums. Gums are very important to dental health, so you need to take steps to protect them.
After you feed your baby, use a warm wash cloth to wipe the gums. This removes bacteria and develops a routine that carries forward when teeth come in.
Also, keep these basics in mind to protect your baby's teeth:
- Don't put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice — they cause cavities
- Give your baby water after eating — water will remove baby food from teeth
- Bring your baby to the dentist around his or her first birthday
If you're looking for a dentist for your baby, make an appointment online at Kool Smiles. We're always accepting new patients, and we accept Medicaid and Tricare at all our offices.
Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush once your child has a few more teeth (usually around 18 months). Use a tiny bit of toothpaste, and do not let your child swallow it.
Kids usually learn to spit their toothpaste around two years old. They can be taught to brush their own teeth, but always with supervision.
Here are tips to help your kids develop a healthy routine of caring for their teeth:
- Set an example by brushing together after meals
- Brush twice a day for two minutes
- As soon as teeth touch, use floss to remove bits of food between teeth
Kool Smiles offers a free iPhone app to make brushing teeth fun!
At the Dentist
Kool Smiles dentists are dedicated to helping children have healthy smiles. We suggest that kids see the dentist twice a year to keep little problems from becoming big problems.
Find the Kool Smiles office nearest you, or call us today to make an appointment. We're always accepting new patients and can answer your questions about when to start dental care for your kids.