Dental Problem Prevention

Dental Problem Prevention

You should begin cleaning your child's mouth beginning with the baby's first day of life, long before teeth erupt. Gently wipe out the mouth and massage the gum pads after each feeding and before bedtime with gauze pad, toothet or wash cloth.

  • Parents are responsible for their child's oral hygiene. Most young children do not brush well by themselves until they are about 7 - 8 years old. After your child has performed his/her own brushing you should then brush their teeth for them.

  • Use a soft, child-sized toothbrush to clean the teeth and gums. Toothpaste is not appropriate for an infant until the age of 36 months. After the age of 36 months, only a very small amount (a "pea-sized" dab) of fluoride toothpaste should be used on the toothbrush.

  • Most families are quite busy in the morning preparing for the day ahead. A thorough brushing should be conducted at least once a day, preferably at night since the greatest harm (such as rotting) of teeth occurs at night while sleeping.

  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that can strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoridation is the adjustment of the fluoride content of a water supply to provide protection against dental decay. Check with your area Public Health Department to determine the fluoride content in your water supply. If your water supply is not fluoridated, if your child drinks bottled water or if your water is treated at home, then you should consult your dentist for information about the new recommended supplemental fluoride schedule. Special attention should be given to this because too much fluoride could be harmful to a child's health and to the developing teeth.