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Proper oral hygiene tips for kids from Redlands area dentist

There is nothing as beautiful and magical as your child's smile, and we know that you want to do everything in your power to keep it healthy. As a parent, teaching your children about proper oral hygiene from an early age can make a huge impact on the health of their teeth and gums as they grow older.

Many parents come to us wondering how they should be caring for their child's teeth. You may wonder when you start brushing and flossing their teeth? Or what is the appropriate age for their first visit?

We've compiled the following list of common questions we receive from parents in the Redlands area and have provided some helpful oral hygiene tips to go with them.

My child only drinks liquids, is he or she still susceptible to tooth decay?

The answer is yes. Baby teeth can develop cavities any time there is excessive nursing on milk, formula, or juice. The teeth are particularly susceptible right before bedtime. If you do give your child a bottle at nap or bedtime, make sure it is just water. Always make sure to wipe down the gums and teeth with a soft, damp cloth after feeding.

When do I need to start brushing my child's teeth?

You can begin brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush after the first teeth erupt. As your child begins to have interest in brushing his or teeth, encourage them to try. Continue to "finish up" brushing after them until you are certain they are able to do a thorough job on their own.

When do I need to start flossing my child's teeth?

Flossing can begin once your child has two teeth that touch each other. Use gentle floss that doesn't hurt their gums. Help your child floss until they are able to do it alone.

I'm very anxious about visiting the dentist, how can I prevent my child from feeling the same way?

One of the best things you can do for your child is to start having them come to the office after his or her first teeth emerge. This allows your child to develop a level of comfort and security with visiting the dentist. We make sure that each visit is an appropriate length of time for young children and always make it a fun and enjoyable experience with lots of encouragement and positivity.

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