Q: Why are baby teeth important?
A: Baby teeth are important for your child’s overall development that affects:
As research has shown, Early Childhood Caries or cavities can lead to compromised oral health as children grow. Treating ECC is often a heavy financial burden, but luckily most cases of ECC are preventable.
Q: How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?
A: Limit how much candy, sugary foods, and snacks your child eats. Sugary and sticky foods attract bacteria, which can cause cavities.
Q: When should I start cleaning my infant’s mouth?
A: Right away! Cleaning your infant’s mouth should be part of their bath routine. Use a clean washcloth and gently wipe all surfaces in your baby’s mouth. This will provide a clean environment for the teeth to erupt into and will also help your baby to become accustomed to having you clean their mouth.
Q: How should I care for my toddler's teeth?
A: Begin teaching your child how to brush their teeth around the toddler age. Some suggestions include letting your child imitate how you brush your teeth or brushing each other’s teeth. It’s important to help your child brush so you can remove food particles they might have missed.
Q: When should I floss my child's teeth?
A: Begin flossing your child’s teeth once there are two teeth side by side. Floss gently once a day. Most children can begin flossing on their own by about the age of 10.