What is the most effective solution to brush my kid’s teeth?
First you will need fluoride toothpaste as well as a small, soft toothbrush. Use of a thin smear of toothpaste or a dot the magnitude of a grain of rice just as your kid’s teeth start erupting. After your child’s 3rd birthday, you should use a pea size amount. Make sure to follow these recommendations to avoid giving your child an excessive amount of fluoride. Dr. Amy recommends brushing two times a day, in the morning and during the night after dinner just like adults, lightly brush the tooth on both the tongue as well as outside surfaces, and also the interior, to dislodge bacteria that causes halitosis.
Instruct your toddler to rinse with water when you think your kid can handle not swallowing the toothpaste. Replace the toothbrush once bristles begin to look splayed or worn. Dr. Amy might recommend flossing between any tooth surfaces which may be touching.
Does my child need fluoride?
Growing teeth may reap the benefits of a small amount of fluoride. This mineral prevents tooth decay by defining tooth enamel and making it more resilient to dangerous bacteria and acids.
Your son or daughter could possibly get fluoride from toothpaste and/or water. Dr. Amy may also use a fluoride varnish at her dental checkups to your child’s teeth. Most municipal water supplies are prepared with fluoride that was sufficient. If your water is from a well or in case your municipal water supply is not fortified, consider purchasing a test kit from a drugstore, a hardware store, or your local health department. Ask Dr. Amy whether you ought to give your son or daughter a nutritional supplement in the event the fluoride content is less than .3 parts per million.
Remember that while a small fluoride is a great thing for the son or daughter teeth, consuming an excessive amount of it with time often leads in a condition called fluorosis, which may cause white spots to appear on your kid’s adult teeth. That is why it is important not to use toothpaste in an excessive amount of, specially before the time that your child learns to rinse and spit it out.
When can I start taking my child to Dr. Amy?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with the American Academy of Pediatrics urge that you take your son or daughter to the dentist within half a year after the first tooth erupts or by his first birthday, whichever comes first. Make an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Amy in case you have not taken your kid for a dental checkup, then follow the Dr. Amy’s recommendations for follow up visits based on your kid’s needs.