Pediatric Dentistry

Caring for Babies' Teeth

We have some tips for those who are new mothers. If you have recently had a new baby, it is important to take proper care of their mouth. Even though they don’t have teeth yet, their oral hygiene is still extremely important.
Baby teeth act as the place holders for the adult permanent teeth. They start to pop through the gums, and if the gums aren’t clean, they can begin to decay immediately. so, it is important to take proper steps to keep their mouths clean.
You should clean out your baby’s mouth twice a day. Do not use a toothbrush at this point because it can hurt them and damage their gums. All you need is a soft moistened piece of gauze or a washcloth, and begin to wipe gently their gum.
It is especially important to do this after a feeding and before bedtime.
Once their baby teeth have begun to grow in, you can graduate to using a toothbrush. Just be sure to use a small one with really soft bristles! The brush should have a small head and a large handle. You only need to start off with a smudge of toothpaste.
Be sure to brush the front and back of their teeth. It is important to continue to care for your child’s teeth until they are able to do so on their own. Usually, by the time a child is 6, they can brush on their own and take of their teeth without needing assistance.
Be sure to keep an eye out for decay as the baby teeth grow in—this will look like white or brown spots on the teeth. You should bring your baby to White Pearl Dental Clinic around the age of one to ensure their teeth are as healthy as can be.

Teaching your Children

A great way to teach your good oral hygiene habits is to set an example. Let them see you brush your teeth twice a day, and maybe even let them help as you help them! If you brush your teeth before they wake up, change your daily routine a bit. Kids learn by seeing and doing. Show them that you take good care of your teeth!
Find youtube videos of other children around the same age as them and show it to your child. This will help them understand that everyone else brushes as well—not just adults!
Another great way to help your child remember to brush their teeth is to make it the same time as story time. Read your child their bedtime story while they brush! This will help to make brushing the teeth seem more fun.

Well-Balanced Diet

White Pearl Dental Clinic wants to warn parents that dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Dental decay, luckily, is easily preventable. Feeding your child a healthy diet and ensuring they take proper care of their teeth can keep them strong and healthy.
Dental decay and cavities are caused by sugar. It is important to keep your child’s sugar intake at a minimum level. Certain foods and beverages are higher in sugar than others, and it is important to avoid these things.
Children love soda, candy, cookies, and sweets, and sugar loves their teeth. To protect your child from dental decay, try to give them healthier snacks that are low in sugar. Many parents don’t realize the high sugar-content in certain drinks, but always check nutrition labels before you give it to your kids.
Following these tips can help you maintain healthy teeth for your child:

- Be sure that they are drinking plenty of water. Saliva and water help to eliminate some of the plaque that sticks to the teeth.
- Keep a well-balanced diet.
- Ensure your child is brushing twice a day.

Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush for your child

-Choose a toothbrush with rounded bristles that will be gently on the gums.
-Choose a smaller toothbrush that is designed for smaller mouths in mind.
-Look for wider handles that will allow a child to comfortably grip the brush.
-Replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the child has been sick or if the bristles are frayed.