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Protecting Your Kids from Cavities

protecting your kids from cavitiesAs a parent, you only want the best for your child, so protecting your son or daughter from oral health problems should be a top priority. You may not think that good oral hygiene is particularly important in babies since they are going to lose all of their baby teeth anyway, but the habits you establish in childhood will follow them for the rest of their life. Make sure to brush and floss your child’s teeth every day, and schedule biannual appointments with our dentist in West Hollywood to make sure no problems are developing within your child’s mouth.

If you establish the habit that brush and flossing every day is normal, your child will be more likely to brush and floss his or her own teeth as an adult. There are some other habits you can practice to make sure your baby grows up with healthy teeth and gums, such as:

• Avoid giving your baby unhealthy snacks such as soda, candy, or juice.
• Schedule your baby’s first appointment with a dentist when he or she is one year old. At this appointment, discuss which toothpaste is best for your child’s needs.
• Do not put anything in your baby’s mouth that has been in your mouth.
• Do not use spit to clean your baby’s pacifier.
• Before the first tooth is visible, wipe your child’s mouth every day using a soft, moist cloth.
• After the teeth become visible, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to clean the mouth.
• If you see white spots in your child’s mouth, take him or her to the dentist right away. White spots are usually the first sign of tooth decay.

By following these steps, you will ensure your child a lifetime of good oral health.

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