To Parents: How to Keep Your Child’s Oral Health in Tip-Top Shape

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Your child’s baby teeth are important. In fact, they help your child eat, talk, and even smile. This is why it’s important to do all you can to help your child have the best oral health and smile possible. If you care for your child’s teeth and gums regularly, there is a good chance they can grow into the smile and oral health they deserve. To help you help your child’s smile, Dr. Ali Nia and our dental team have some instructions for you.

The first thing you need to do is avoid swapping saliva with your child. This means you can’t do things like share utensils or toothbrushes or lick their pacifier before you put it back in your child’s mouth. Sharing saliva promotes cavity development.

The second thing you need to do is clean your child’s teeth and gums regularly. In order to do so, you need to brush their chompers frequently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Don’t use toothpaste until your child is about 3 years old or at an age when your child can spit the toothpaste into the sink. If your child has two teeth next to each other, feel free to floss between them, but be careful along the gum line.

The third thing you need to do is bring your child to our office for their first dental visit at an early age. In fact, it’s recommended to bring your child in six months after their first tooth erupted from the gums or around their first birthday. You should not delay bringing your child to our office until after they are 1 year old.

Call Mesa Dental Care today if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about caring for your child’s smile in Mesa, Arizona. All you need to do is dial 480-730-0500 and our dental team will be thrilled to help you!