Your Child and Their Smile

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Are you worried about your little one’s oral health? If you are, good for you. As you can probably guess, if your child has clean, healthy teeth while they’re young, they’ll probably develop healthy habits that can last for years to come. But, what can you do to help your little one develop these healthy habits?

Clearly one of the first things you should do is limit the amount of sugar your child has in a day. Despite what you may believe, your child is not born with a sweet tooth. In fact, most children will generally accept homemade, nutritious foods when they are around six months old.

Similarly, to keep your child’s teeth healthy, please avoid giving them a bottle when it’s time to sleep. Doing so can rot your little one’s teeth very quickly, leading to a variety of future oral health problems. In other words, try giving your child a bottle when they are awake and alert. If your child must have a bottle to sleep, try filling it with water.

Sadly, it can be difficult to convince your kids to brush. Granted, it could be easier to keep your child’s oral health up when they are young, but what can you do when they’re a little older? One thing you may want to consider is tailoring your child’s experience to their preferences. In other words, try using a flavor your baby will like. Also, you may want to consider giving your child a toothbrush that’s made to resemble one of their favorite cartoon characters.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. R. Bruce Howell, please feel free to contact Orem Pediatric Dentistry at 801-802-7200.