As a parent, it is always important to look after your child’s oral health and be a good example with good dental hygiene. Here, at the children’s dentistry in Rockport, ME, your child deserves more than just the basic oral hygiene that you started to practice early at your home. Mount Pleasant Dental Care offers a line of dentistry primarily for the dental care of your children. Dr. David Pier and Dr. Rebecca Laliberte go hand in hand in achieving your child’s optimum oral health and for the entire family.
These questions can guide parents to help their children remain free from the dental cavities and dental diseases:
When to bring your child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first dental visit before his or her first birthday. This is a good way for developing a positive attitude with their dentist and avoiding an anxiety or fear with the dentist in the future. It is also advisable to let your children see their dentist every 6 months after their first dental visit.
How to brush and floss properly?
You have to teach and explain to your child the proper way of brushing and flossing the teeth. As soon as your child’s teeth start to show you have to teach proper brushing.
Cleaning your child’s teeth will start soon after you see visible teeth because they are susceptible to decay with the sugary milk they consume. It is advisable to wipe the teeth and gums with a washcloth or gauze after every feeding and avoid letting them sleep with their milk bottle in their mouth.
Children as early as 3 years old should learn how to brush their teeth properly with a pea sized portion of fluoride toothpaste. At 8 years old, they should know how to brush and floss their teeth properly on their own.
What to eat and drink for healthy teeth?
A balanced diet containing the essential proteins and nutrients is an important contributor to healthy teeth and gums. Choose foods rich in calcium to maintain strong teeth and avoid foods containing sugar or starch.
If you check inside the mouth of your child and find some noticeable early decay, do not worry since that is treatable at Mount Pleasant Care. Get in touch with us immediately and we will take care of your child’s dental health.
Call us today at 207-230-0110 to schedule your child’s dental exam in Rockport!