For the Kids...
• Parents should wipe their
newborn’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each
feeding to control the accumulation of plaque and to establish
this ritual as part of the daily routine.
• Parents should begin brushing
their child’s teeth as soon as they come in, with
only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Ideally,
flossing should begin when two adjacent teeth touch.
• Parents should take their young
child with them to their next routine dentist appointment
to reduce some of the child’s potential anxiety in
the dental chair. The child will have a chance to get used
to the sounds, smells and staff in the dental office, prior
to his/her own dental visit.
• Children should visit the dentist
no later than six months after the first tooth erupts, or
before the child’s first birthday.
• Parents should not give an unattended
or sleeping child a bottle with milk or juice; instead,
children should drink water to prevent baby bottle tooth