Pediatric Dentist in Midlothian, VA
Dental Hygiene Habits
Good dental health should begin at birth. Remove bacteria and food particles to help prevent cavities. For infants, use a clean washcloth to wipe teeth and gums. Do not put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup with anything but water.
Older children should brush at least twice daily. By age one, begin routine dental checkups every six months, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Start cleaning teeth as soon as they erupt (start to grow in)
- Start fluoride toothpaste only after child is able to spit, or as directed
- Start flossing as soon as two teeth are adjacent
- Supervise tooth brushing and flossing until directed
Healthy eating leads to healthy teeth. Children should eat a balanced diet and limit snacks. When snacking, children should be given healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy.
- Avoid sugary drinks like soda or juice
- Avoid sticky snacks and dried fruit
- Avoid eating or drinking at night
- Limit intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Ensure your child drinks plenty of fluoridated (tap or filtered) water
To prevent mouth injuries in sports and other recreational activities, ask about mouth guards. Proper use of a mouth guard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to lips, gums, face, jaw, and tongue. Ask our dentist for information.