February is the month we celebrate National Dental Health Month. It is important to introduce proper oral care early in our children’s lives – as early as infancy. Below are healthy tips that will improve your child’s oral hygiene.
•Thoroughly cleaning your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
•Gently brushing your baby’s erupted teeth with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
•Teaching your child at age 2 or 3 about proper brushing techniques and later teaching them brushing and gentle flossing until 7 or 8 years old.
•Regular visits with their dentist to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
•Encouraging your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits, but not mentioning words like "pain" or "hurt," since this may instill the possibility of pain in the child’s thought process.