After the First Visit
Once your child’s first teeth begin to appear, they might experience some discomfort (E.g., sensitivity, tenderness, or soreness). One option to help alleviate these sensations is to use a clean, wet cloth to rub their gums.
Another option is teething rings — plastic objects that your child can chew on to help with pain or discomfort. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should never give your child anything frozen, including teething rings, because it can bruise their gums or result in frostbite. While freezing is a no-no, you can refrigerate them for the desired effect.
Planning for Your Child’s Success
As your child’s teeth grow, it’s crucial to pay attention to any signs of decay, this includes discoloration. Since sugary foods can be particularly harmful to your child’s teeth, we recommend brushing four times a day — after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime — to protect their smile.
When sugar is left on the surface of teeth, tooth decay will occur. Sugar turns into acid which begins to eat at the enamel that protects their smile. If you can teach them correct and effective oral hygiene habits, it will transfer into adulthood, helping them prevent future tooth decay.
How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?
Focusing on your child’s oral hygiene routine is crucial to their overall health. Not only will it help rid their mouths of harmful bacteria that eventually lead to cavities, but it will also form healthy habits that will improve the longevity of their smile. A good at-home oral health routine consists of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with suitable mouthwash.
Other ways to help your child avoid cavities include:
- Use oral care products that contain fluoride
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Avoid acidic and sugary foods
- Consider dental sealants
- Eat tooth-healthy foods
In addition to the above tips, visiting Sounbridge Dental Arts biannually for checkups and professional cleanings is essential for your child’s oral health. During these visits, we’ll remove any plaque and tartar buildup to leave your child’s smile healthy and feeling good.