How to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Healthy

Many of our patients are new parents and they tell us they have a difficult time judging how much dental care their children actually need. Do they really need braces? How old should they be when I schedule their first dental visit? The list goes on of important questions. Doctor Gregory A. Williams, your friendly dentist in Tigard, decided to create this blog to give you powerful, insightful information. We hope some of the answers to your common parenting oral health care questions are revealed. If you still have questions, please come in and visit us to make an dental appointment.  We look forward to connecting with you.

 When should I start dental care?

The most efficient dental care begins even before a baby’s first tooth appears. Did you know that teeth actually begin to form in the second trimester of a pregnancy? At birth the baby already has 20 primary teeth, hidden inside the jaw. That is why we recommend when the baby is done feeding; rub a damp washcloth over his or her gums. This can prevent the buildup of bacteria.

My Baby is teething, HELP!

Teething will happen to all babies. However, some experience more discomfort over others. The pain is new for the child and unexpected this causes more discomfort. A trick we tell parents, to help ease the pain, is to rub a baby’s gums with a clean finger or wet soft washcloth. Don’t forget to give your baby regular oral cleanings after each meal. This will help establish good dental habits early on.

When should my child start flossing?

The best time to start flossing your child’s teeth is when the two teeth touch each other. They will learn good dental care hygiene from you, and you can help them learn how to floss. I is a good idea to stay with them and so you can floss together. What should I do if my child doesn’t want to brush their teeth? We understand that getting your child excited about brushing their truth isn’t always easy. But there are many things you can do to make it easier and more exciting for them. You can show and tell them the benefits and why we brush our teeth. You can get creative with how you show your child the importance of brushing teeth with an experiment or turn it into a game.
If you have more questions about your families oral health care give us a call.

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