What Parents Need to Know About Caring for Their Child’s Smile

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Even though your child’s baby teeth are eventually lost and replaced with permanent teeth, they are still very important. This is why Dr. Michael Gardner and our dental team strongly encourage you to take good care of your child’s teeth as much as possible. To help you do so, we have some helpful tips and information.

First, it’s important to bring your child into Euclid Family Dentistry no later than age 1. This appointment will allow our dental team to examine your child’s smile and ensure everything is healthy and strong. This appointment will also give you the chance to ask our dental team any questions you have. Lastly, it helps your child become familiar with our dental office, dentist, and dental team.

Second, don’t swap saliva with your child. Unfortunately, sharing saliva promotes tooth decay. So, please avoid sharing utensils or licking something and putting it into your child’s mouth. This can help reduce your child’s chances of having cavities on their little chompers.

Third, clean your child’s smile regularly. If they have teeth, make sure you scrub them with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. When they are 3 years old, you can introduce toothpaste. Once two teeth grow in next to each other, you can start flossing them. Make sure to be careful around the gums as you do so.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to help your child’s smile in Ontario, California, please call Euclid Family Dentistry at 909-983-9639 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to talk with you and give you the answers you need!