The state of your child’s oral health is crucial to their development. Many parents mistakenly believe that since their son or daughter’s baby teeth are not permanent, that the need to keep them clean is not as important. This is far from the truth, however, as improper oral hygiene can directly impact the condition and structural integrity of their permanent teeth.

More so than this, poorly instilled habits can be difficult to break, so be sure to clean their mouth as early as possible and stick to a routine. Your little one is intelligent and will learn based on what they see. If you are not setting a good example by practicing good oral hygiene (brushing, flossing and using oral rinse twice daily), how can you expect them to do the same?

How to Keep Your Child’s Mouth Happy and Healthy

  • Do not wait for the first tooth to arrive to start cleaning. You can begin washing your baby’s gums even before they sprout teeth. Take a warm, damp washcloth and gently rub it across their gum tissue after every feeding. This will clean away any remaining breast milk or formula that can promote bacterial growth.
  • Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when they start brushing. This is more than sufficient to clean their teeth. Make sure to buy a fluoride-free product in the beginning and teach them not to swallow the toothpaste.
  • Keep current on their Atlanta dentist appointments. Children are more prone to develop cavities than adults, so they need to be seen on a regular basis.

Limit your child’s intake of snacks and sweets as these foods contain loads of sugar and starch that can ruin enamel and lead to tooth decay. Contact our expert Atlanta dentists at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry to schedule your son or daughter’s first appointment today.