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By Angel Dental Care
May 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

It's never too early to begin a good oral hygiene routine. In fact, early care can help your child avoid cavities that can affect even newly pediatric dentistryerupted teeth. Catonsville, MD, dentist Dr. M.S. Warshanna of Angel Dental Care shares a few tips that will help you protect your child's oral health.

Protect new teeth from decay

Protecting your child's smile starts even before the first tooth appears. Although you can't see it, a clear coating of plaque builds up on your child's gums every day. Plaque contains bacteria and is a factor in tooth decay. You can protect baby teeth from plaque by cleaning your son or daughter's gums twice a day. Use a moist piece of gauze or a washcloth to gently clean the upper and lower gums.

Begin brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts

Buy a child's toothbrush as soon as the first tooth pushes through the gums. Although you'll need to use a little toothpaste on the moistened bristles, keep in mind that less is more when it comes to brushing young children's teeth. A tiny sliver of toothpaste will get the job done. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush all sides of the tooth.

Limit sugary beverages

Sugar increases your child's risk of developing tooth decay. If you give your child juice, water it down to decrease the sugar content. Water is much better beverage choice, whether it's provided in a bottle or sippy cup.

Don't put your baby to bed with a bottle

Giving your baby a bottle to take to bed may help him or her fall asleep more easily, but it can cause tooth decay. Milk, formula and juice all contain sugar. When your baby falls asleep with a bottle in his or her mouth, a small amount of the liquid tends to pool in the mouth, exposing the teeth to sugar throughout the night.

Start dental visits early

Dental visits should start within six months after your child's first tooth appears or no later than one year, according to the American Dental Association. Regular visits to Dr. Warshanna's Catonsville office will ensure that your child receives prompt treatment if he or she does develop a cavity.

Is it time for your child's first dental appointment? Call Catonsville, MD, dentist Dr. M.S. Warshanna of Angel Dental Care at (410) 747-0077 to schedule an appointment.