Adopting Healthy Oral Habits
As new teeth erupt, examine them every few weeks for lines or discoloration caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so make sure that your child brushes their teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing at least two times a day: after breakfast and before bedtime. For optimal oral hygiene, you may brush your child's teeth: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime. Brushing can be fun, and you should brush your child's teeth as soon as the first tooth arrives. Before the first tooth erupts, you may clean your baby's gums with a damp washcloth. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a very small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Once your child is able to spit (between 2-3 years of age) then you may switch to fluoridated toothpaste, but only using a small amount on the end of the bristles. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Sanchez recommends you start flossing your child's teeth when they are touching each other (when there is no space between the teeth). If you notice signs of decay (discoloration of the teeth, holes in the teeth, teeth fracturing when there is no history of trauma), contact Dr. Sanchez immediately.