Dentist in Greensboro, NC, provides tips about keeping your family’s dental health in great condition
Along with making sure your baby is happy and healthy, another key priority that begins when your child is small is keeping his or her mouth healthy. You know that proper dental care is important, but did you know that you can start practicing healthy habits before your baby even has a tooth?
Even as a baby, you can keep your child’s mouth and gums healthy by wiping them with a damp cloth after feeding. This helps to keep the gums clean and healthy. Once your baby’s first tooth erupts, you can brush it gently with a soft toothbrush. As your baby’s mouth fills up with teeth, be sure to make morning and nighttime brushing consistent.
Some ways to make brushing more fun for your child are to let him pick out the toothbrush and use a toothpaste he likes. Often finding a toothbrush decorated in his favorite character or color keeps your child’s interest. At a certain point, your child is likely to want to brush his teeth all by himself. While it’s good to let him practice, be sure that you finish the job with a thorough brushing. Little hands can’t always reach the back teeth and kids often get bored before they’ve properly brushed all of their teeth. As they get older, be sure to supervise and make sure that flossing is also part of their daily routine.
In addition to brushing and flossing it’s important to maintain a regular checkup schedule with your family dentist. Dr. Steven Hatcher and Dr. Sona Isharani of Greensboro, NC believe that regular dental appointments are important for many reasons. First, it gives the dentist an opportunity to develop a relationship with your child. Second, your child will receive a professional cleaning. Even with the best at-home brushing, there are areas of the mouth that simply can’t be reached without professional equipment. These cleanings make sure that your child’s teeth are free from tartar. Finally, regular visits to the dentist are a great way to be sure that your at-home dental routine is effective. Dr. Isharani, a board certified pediatric dentist, will examine the teeth for problem spots that could develop into cavities and be able to determine if your child has any habits that could damage the teeth, such as grinding.
From thumb-sucking to grinding, orthodontics to cavities, bad breath to dental anxiety, Dr. Isharani and Dr. Hatcher will treat your child with gentle hands and respect from childhood to adulthood. Call today to schedule an appointment.
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