Though most parents know the basics of children’s dental care, Pittsburgh dentists continue to see cavities in young children.
Caring for your infant’s teeth should begin even before they erupt. To prevent bacteria growth, parents can easily wash their baby’s gums with a wet washcloth after feedings.
Babies should never be put to bed with a bottle, no matter how tempting it is for tired Pittsburgh parents. The sugars in milk or juice that stay in contact with teeth for hours can damage the enamel.
When your child gets his first tooth, it is time to brush. Parents should use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child is two years old. Then, use only a tiny dab. Young children often swallow toothpaste while brushing. If a child ingests too much fluoride, teeth can become stained.
When a child is old enough to brush his own teeth, it is essential that an adult go over them after the child finishes to make sure they are clean. Many children thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces, but often fail to clean the backsides and gumline. Consult the child-friendly staff at North Hills Pediatric Dentistry about dental sealants – an extra protection against decay.
Monitor your child’s meals and snacks. We all know that sugary snacks are not only bad for growing bodies; they are also bad for teeth. Scheduling set times to drink anything other than water during the day can also help prevent cavities for Pittsburgh children.
To schedule a pediatric dental exam and consultation, call Dr. Heather Blumenthal at 412.979.4177. I provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers. We have recently expanded our services to include emergency care and oral surgery.
Dr. Heather Blumenthal
Healthy smiles for life!