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Would you like to know if you’re doing everything you possibly can for your child’s smile? If so, we are happy to help you! If you do the following four things, you are on the right track:

Bring your child in for their first visit
It is strongly recommended that you bring your child into our office by the time your child turns 1 year old or 6 months after their first tooth has erupted. This first appointment will be simple, easy, and relaxing, and it will give your child the chance to meet the dental team in a non-threatening way. This appointment will also give you the chance to ask your dentist any questions you have.

Teach your child good oral hygiene habits
It is very important that you teach your child about a good oral hygiene routine when they are at a young age. If they learn to brush their teeth, floss their smile, and rinse their mouth each day, they will grow into the healthy smile they deserve. To help make oral hygiene fun for your child, you can turn brushing into a game, you can play music, and you can get the whole family involved.

Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a dangerous and painful condition that could cause major problems for your child’s smile. This condition occurs when your child frequently drinks juice, milk, or formula out of their bottle, especially when they take naps or go to bed. To avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, send your child to bed with a bottle of water instead of a bottle of sugary liquid. It also helps to cut back on juice throughout the day. It is best if you only give your child 4 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice a day.

Control the use of the sippy cup
Sippy cups are very beneficial, but they can cause trouble if they are used too often, especially if they are filled with juice. The sippy cup and sugary liquid can create tooth decay in the back of your child’s front teeth, which is very painful and dangerous.

If you don’t do all four of these things, now is a great time to start! If you have any questions, we are more than happy to help you know more about caring for your child’s smile. We are here for you and your child, and we encourage you to call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team!