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Highland area residents ask, "What is the anticipatory guidance for pediatric oral health?"

Promoting oral health in children is a huge focus for Dr. Vines and the team at Pure Gold Dental. As dental professionals, we feel a strong commitment to being proactive in your child’s life and arming them with the information to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. This is why we firmly ascribe to the philosophy of anticipatory guidance, which means that we provide age appropriate information and recommendations to help you prevent disease and reduce the occurrence of common oral issues.

We recommend that parents bring their infant to our office for their initial visit after the eruption of their first tooth, or before their first birthday, whichever occurs first. The main purpose of this visit is to examine your child’s mouth and help you develop a plan for keeping their mouth healthy. During that first visit, we offer the following tips to our parents:

  • Use a soft cloth to clean your baby’s mouth and gums gently after meals.
  • Begin brushing teeth with a soft brush after the eruption of the first teeth.
  • Avoid putting your child to sleep with a bottle.

As your child’s teeth begin to emerge during their first and second years, it is important to brush and floss daily. Practice good nutrition, providing your child with healthy, balanced meals filled with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. Avoid sugary foods and drinks like juices. We are also happy to help you with tips and ideas for discontinuing thumb sucking and pacifier use, both of which can affect your child’s teeth.

As your child continues to grow, we will monitor them with twice-yearly visits to our office where we will perform a check-up, cleaning, and continue to encourage good oral health habits. We encourage you to continue assisting your child with regular tooth brushing and flossing until they are old enough to tie their shoes on their own.

At Pure Gold Dental, we are here to be your family’s partner in oral health. If you are in the Highland area, call us today to schedule an appointment for your child to come in see us.

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