Tips for Keeping Children’s Teeth Healthy
Dr. Diane Baldwin, a NJ pediatric dentist, offers simple tips for parents to follow to keep their children’s teeth healthy and prevent major dental work.
The key to healthy teeth, according to Dr. Baldwin, is establishing an oral hygiene routine with children at a young age. It’s important to begin dental care even before teeth come in by cleaning the gums after feeding. This helps remove bacteria and create a healthy environment for new teeth to grow in strong.
Once the teeth come in, a soft bristle brush and special attention to the gum line will get rid of plaque and build-up. Brushing children’s teeth for them is not uncommon up until the age of 7. Children have a tendency to brush ineffectively and miss areas that can develop bacteria.
Brushing twice a day is vital with children as it is with adults. Children should only drink water after brushing. Going to bed with a bottle of milk or juice allows sugars and acids to sit on teeth overnight. In addition to reducing your child’s consumption of sugar filled beverages at night, staying away from sugary treats in general will prevent unwanted cavities.
Dr. Baldwin also recommends regular visits to a pediatric dentist. Regular visits can reduce the chances of major dental work by identifying cavities or other dental issues early on. Twice-a-year dentist visits will also become part of their consistent oral health plan.
A NJ pediatric dentist like Dr. Baldwin can create an oral health plan for a child. Dr. Baldwin offers routine exams, pulpotomy (baby root canal), fluoride treatments, stainless steel crowns, fillings and restorations, extractions, cleanings, X-rays, consultations and second opinions.