Posted February 27, 2017
As a parent, every aspect of your child's health is important to you. Here at Brent J Porter DDS, Dr. Brent Porter offers some of the following insights to help your child maintain a healthy mouth and instill oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
You should start brushing your child's first teeth once they emerge from the gums. This is usually the front two bottom teeth but soon others will emerge. As they grow and their manual dexterity improves, you can provide them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a child-safe toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association. Once they are done brushing their own teeth, you can provide a little follow-up brushing to make sure their teeth have been thoroughly cleaned.
Flossing a small child's mouth can be somewhat challenging for large adult hands. You can try spooling dental floss around your pinky fingers or try using a small floss stick. As your son or daughter's manual dexterity improves, you can let them use the floss stick. Giving them waxed dental floss makes flossing easier. The waxy coating allows the strand to slip between teeth with little risk of snapping the floss and potentially injuring their gums.
Of course, their regular dental checkup at Brent J Porter DDS is also important in maintaining their oral health. This is a good opportunity to get them excited about going to the dentist, so try to make it an upbeat experience for them.
If your child is in need of dental care in Santa Cruz, California, you should call 831-459-9802 to schedule their first checkup at Brent J Porter DDS.