Oral Hygiene for Kids

Tips & Tricks From Your Pediatric Dentistry in DeWitt

At the office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we absolutely love helping children build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. From regular dental checkups to tooth crowns, we are proud to provide comprehensive children’s dental services to ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come.

As your trusted pediatric dentistry in DeWitt, our team believes that the earlier your child learns healthy habits, the more likely it is that he or she will adhere to good oral hygiene for life. Here are some helpful tips & tricks!

Why Do Baby Teeth Matter?

Age one dental visit video

Your child’s first set of teeth is vital to his or her health and development. Teeth help us to eat, speak, and smile, which are all important parts of childhood! Baby teeth also act as “placeholders” in the mouth for the adult teeth that will eventually emerge. Unhealthy teeth and gums can lead to premature tooth loss, which increases the risk of your child’s adult teeth growing in crowded or crooked. Establishing good oral care habits won’t just help your child have a healthy smile now—it will set them up for long-term success.

Dental Care for Newborns 

Infant teeth typically don’t emerge until babies are several months old, but establishing good oral hygiene begins now. Keeping your baby’s gums and mouth clean is an important part of creating a healthy environment for their teeth to eventually grow in. Follow these tips for infant oral hygiene:

  • Wipe your child’s gums with a warm, damp washcloth or piece of gauze after every feeding
  • Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle
  • Provide healthy alternatives to sugar by introducing soft, naturally sweet foods such as sweet potatoes or unsweetened applesauce

Teething Support & Cleaning Your Child’s First Teeth

As baby teeth begin to push through the gums, your baby can experience discomfort. Help your child stay comfortable and cared for by following these teething tips from Dr. Myers:
  • Ease pain with a cold teething ring or frozen wet washcloth 
  • Massage your child’s gums with a cold, damp cloth
  • At least once a day before bedtime, brush his or her first teeth gently with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush after applying a thin strip of fluoride toothpaste

Your child can start to develop cavities as soon as his or her first tooth emerges. Be sure to book your child’s first dental appointment at our pediatric dentistry in DeWitt within six months of the first tooth emerging, or before the age of one. During this visit, Dr. Myers will check your child’s mouth for signs of decay, demonstrate brushing techniques, discuss fluoride supplements, and answer any questions about children’s oral care.

Establishing Healthy Brushing Habits For Children

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At the age of two, you can start to teach your children about brushing their own teeth. However, they will still need your help until they are approximately six years old, when they will have developed the motor skills to effectively brush on their own. Toothbrushing doesn’t have to be a chore; in fact, there are ways to make it fun!

  • Get a special toothbrush. There are endless options available, so buy a toothbrush in your child’s favorite color or featuring his or her favorite character to incentivize brushing.
  • Make it a game. Buy a plastic hourglass so your child can track their progress, and establish some sort of reward system like gold star stickers or a fun outing.
  • Do it together! Your child loves spending time with you, so model healthy habits from the beginning to set them up for a lifetime of success.

How Often Should My Child Visit The Dentist?

We recommend that you bring your child in for a DeWitt children's dental checkup twice a year, or every six months. During these routine checkups at your dentistry in DeWitt, we will clean your child’s teeth and check for any signs of decay. If necessary, Dr. Myers can also apply topical fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and/or apply sealants to the back teeth to keep tiny food particles from getting trapped in the grooves of those teeth.

Visit Your DeWitt Childrens Dentist Today!

Remember, scheduling regular visits with your trusted dentistry in DeWitt is one of the most important steps you can take to prioritize your child’s health. Give us a call at (517) 337-0032 or book an appointment today. We can’t wait to help your child get on the path towards a lifetime of healthy smiles!

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