How to Improve Kids’ Oral Health

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Baby teeth eventually fall out, but they have an important job to do as long as they are in your child’s mouth. Our dentist in Santa Clara can help you protect your child’s dental health.

Before your child’s first tooth ever erupts, you can start paving the way for good dental health by cleaning his or her gums gently with a washcloth, clean gauze, or a gum massager. Once the teeth erupt, start using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to clean them after feeds.

These first teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth, but they also have other important jobs. They help your toddler learn to speak and eat, and they give them the confidence to smile. As your child gets older, you can help them learn to take care of their own teeth by teaching proper dental habits. Monitor brushing and flossing until they demonstrate good habits on their own.

Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or formula, and clean your child’s teeth regularly. Visit us every six months from the time your child’s first tooth erupts. Follow preventive dental recommendations, which can help reduce the risk of cavities. Call our kids dentist in Santa Clara today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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