Oral Hygiene

Infant Cleaning

Even before you see teeth in your child's mouth, it is important to get into good oral hygiene habits. Prior to the eruption of the teeth, it is very important to wipe the gum pads and the tongue. It is most important to do this after each feeding. Your child will get used to having something done to their mouth, and they will begin to be comfortable with having their mouth cleaned on a regular basis. We recommend a few products that can help you with this process. Mam Oral Care Rabbit and baby wipes like Spiffies, which contain Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural ingredient that helps to prevent cavities. Babies usually love these and are very compliant.

Brushing

Use an age-appropriate toothbrush with soft bristles for your child. Brushing should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts in your child's mouth. Brush at least twice daily – after breakfast in the morning and before bedtime in the evening. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For 2-to-5-year-olds, you should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Until your child is able to rinse and spit, you should use a children's toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. When your child gets a little older, you can move into regular fluoridated toothpastes and even incorporate fluoride rinses. Proper bushing removes plaques from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. Your children will really need direct supervision until they are at least 8-9 years old. Dr. Emily will be able to provide you with an individualized oral hygiene plan when you come in for your visit!

Flossing

Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing should begin as soon as the teeth touch. Just like adults, children can get food particles stuck between the teeth, and these particles need to be removed. Children can get cavities in between their teeth. Your children will really need direct supervision until they are at least 8-9 years old. Dr. Emily finds the best time for flossing is in the evening before you go to bed.