Oral Care

Dental visits are important but much of your child’s oral care will start at home! Dr. V and her team pride themselves on educating patients and parents on keeping kids’ smiles healthy and establishing awesome oral hygiene routines. Read on to learn some of the basics or, for personalized recommendations, schedule a visit at Children’s Dental Specialty by giving us a call at (480) 282-6746 (Scottsdale) or (480) 448-1461 (Phoenix)!

Oral Hygiene

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.

Diet

  • 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.

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