Oral hygiene starts from birth. You can wipe your baby’s gums down with a moist piece of sterile gauze or a clean washcloth. Once their first tooth erupts, you should begin brushing it with an infant-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny smear toothpaste, no larger than a grain of rice. When any two teeth are touching, you can start flossing. Brush kids’ teeth twice daily and floss once a day.
Stick with that tiny smear of toothpaste, before increasing to a pea-sized amount for kids aged three to six. You’ll do the brushing for babies and then supervise kids until you’re confident they’re brushing and flossing correctly.
- Stick with a diet filled with lean proteins, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
- Most foods contain some sugars or starches, which the bacteria in the mouth feed on, releasing cavity-causing acids. To ensure your kiddo’s enamel isn’t constantly under attack, try to avoid continuous snacking.
- Limit sugary beverages and foods, as well as super sticky foods like raisins and fruit snacks.
- Enjoy things like 100% fruit juice and starchy foods, such as chips, in moderation and have them with a full meal.
- Offer water throughout the day and never give a child a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice to go to bed with.