Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA
Keeping your Children’s Teeth Healthy
Your children are born with all their teeth. You can’t see them because they are hidden under the gums. Baby teeth start to break through the gums between5- 6 months of age. Dr. Hoag and Dr. Dotsch suggest to start good oral care before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth.
Infant Care suggestions:
- Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle
- Wipe gums with a washcloth after feeding.
- Schedule first dental appointment before first birthday.
Toddler Care Suggestions:
- Brush at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time — post breakfast and before bedtime.
- Brush all of your child’s teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back.
- Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles (the package will tell you if they’re soft).
- You can also brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh!
It’s also important to visit Dr. Hoag and Dr. Dotsch at least two times per year. Along with checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, Dr. Hoag and Dr. Dotsch and the entire staff will help keep your children keep their teeth extra clean and can help the entire family learn the best way to brush, floss and maintain good oral health.
It’s more than brushing and flossing that keep your teeth healthy — nutrition is a large component of of oral healthcare. Watching what you eat and drink is very important. Remember, the plaque on your teeth is waiting for sugar to arrive. Avoid soda, sugary fruit drinks, excessive sweets to enjoy a healthy smile that can last you a lifetime if cared for properly.
To schedule your children’s dental appointments today call the office of Dr.Hoag and Dr. Dotsch!