Embracing your role as a parent or caregiver includes nurturing your child’s oral health from the outset. At Alex J. Mercado DDS, located at 1315 Alhambra Blvd. Suite 220 in Sacramento, CA, we understand the impact of early dental care on overall health and lifelong habits. This guide offers practical tips for parents and caregivers on essential brushing techniques, dietary choices, and the timing of your child’s first dental appointment. Dr. Alex Mercado and our team believe in the power of early intervention for lifelong dental wellness.
Before your child’s first teeth make their debut, oral care should already be part of their daily routine. Use a clean, damp cloth to gently cleanse their gums after feedings. As soon as the first tooth appears, introduce a soft-bristled infant toothbrush for gentle cleaning twice daily.
Teaching your child proper brushing techniques lays the groundwork for effective oral care. For children under three, a rice grain-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste suffices, increasing to a pea-sized amount for those aged three to six. Guide them to brush in gentle circles, covering all tooth surfaces. Opt for fun toothbrush designs and flavors to make brushing enjoyable.
Until about seven or eight years old, children typically lack the fine motor skills for thorough brushing and flossing. Oversee their oral care routine to ensure comprehensive cleaning and to instill good habits.
Safeguarding your child’s teeth involves more than just brushing and flossing; their diet plays a critical role too. Minimize sugary treats and beverages to ward off tooth decay. Instead, promote a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, dairy, and whole grains, alongside ample water consumption.
The American Dental Association suggests booking your child’s first dental visit by their first birthday or six months following the emergence of their first tooth. Early visits enable Dr. Alex Mercado to monitor oral development, provide tailored oral care advice, and catch any issues promptly.
Foster a positive attitude towards dental visits by choosing a practice that specializes in pediatric care. At Alex J. Mercado DDS, we prioritize creating a welcoming atmosphere for children. Keep discussions about dental visits upbeat, avoiding the transfer of any dental anxieties you might have.
Caring for your child’s first teeth is foundational to their health and well-being. Adhering to these guidelines on brushing, diet, and early dental visits will steer your child towards a future of excellent oral health. Dr. Alex Mercado and the team at Alex J. Mercado DDS are dedicated to delivering outstanding pediatric dental care. Book your child’s first appointment by calling us at (916) 448-5458. Together, we’ll ensure your child’s smile remains bright and healthy for years to come.