Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Although your child’s baby teeth are not going to be around for the long haul, they still play a vital role in growth and development. Baby teeth, also referred to as primary teeth, help your child to articulate words, chew foods to receive adequate nutrition, as well as build their self-confidence. Baby teeth also serve the purpose of space maintainers because they maintain proper spacing while permanent teeth develop and erupt.
When it comes to keeping your child’s baby teeth healthy, here are some tips to help keep your child cavity-free.
Prevention is the single most effective way to avoid cavities. As a parent or guardian, ensure your child practices good oral hygiene of brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Plus, remember to take your child to the dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should begin visiting the dentist by age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During these early visits, the dentist can identify any issues related to growth and development that could be easily treated at the first sign of trouble.
Another preventive measure to keeping your child cavity-free is to avoid letting them sip on juice, milk, or formula all day or when they sleep, which leads to “baby bottle tooth decay.” Even babies who are strictly nursed can develop this early form of rampant tooth decay, which is why oral hygiene should begin at birth. If you have an infant, you can clean his or her mouth after each feeding by using a moist, soft cloth to wipe his or her gums gently.
At PGA Smiles, we welcome patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment, please call (561) 627-7090. We welcome patients of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.