Oral Care for Baby & Child
Once your baby's teeth appear, they become susceptible to decay and cavities. Controlling dental decay in babies and children is crucial to their overall dental health and is the focus of our dentists when treating our younger patients.
Prevention Of Tooth Decay In Babies
'Caries Control' is a dental term that means controlling the development of dental decay, or cavities.
One of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay in babies is to clean teeth regularly. This helps remove bacteria and prevents sugar from remaining trapped in the tooth and gum area. If your baby has no teeth, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe their gums after feeding.
Avoiding 'Baby Bottle Decay'
Water is the best choice between meals and at night to avoid tooth decay. If your baby is used to sleeping with a bottle, give them water instead, after their regular feeding to help reduce the exposure to decay producing acids.
Use an ultra-soft toothbrush and a small amount of child-friendly toothpaste to brush the teeth and gums gently.
You can switch to fluoridated toothpaste once your child can spit out the excess toothpaste.
You will want to begin flossing your child's teeth when all of their baby teeth have erupted. It is important to floss regularly and teach your child good habits as they grow.
Ask our staff about our special flossers for kids!
How can the Downtown Dental of Hamilton team help prevent decay & cavities?
We firmly believe that strong lifelong dental health begins in childhood! In order to maintain excellent dental health as children grow, regular professional cleanings and check-ups are crucial.
To prevent the development of childhood cavities we offer the following during each dentist check-up:
- fluoride treatments
- specialized advice for children’s dental hygiene routines
How often should children visit the dentist?
We usually recommend that children have a professional check-up and cleaning every six months; However, every patient is different and some patients may require more frequent check-ups or cleanings.
To discuss how often your child should visit our office, please contact our friendly team.
Our caring team is here to answer all your caries control questions! Contact us today!
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