Pediatric Dentist Dr. Jackie Talks Healthy Teeth for Babies and Beyond
Can a 6-month-old baby really get a cavity? Yes, says Dr. Jackie — but you can help your kids avoid cavities at any age with a few simple tips.
We know: it’s crazy to think about a little baby getting a cavity when they only have a few teeth! The truth is though, Dr. Jackie has seen children as young as 6 months old come in with cavities, and it’s not uncommon for toddlers to get them, too.
The key to protecting your child’s teeth from the very start of their life is starting oral health care as soon as teeth start to sprout. Here are a few tips to get you and your child “started off on the right tooth.” (See what we did there?)
5 Tips for Keeping Kids’ Cavities at Bay
1. Yes, you should brush even that one tiny tooth.
Good oral hygiene starts from the very first tooth! You’ll help baby get comfortable with tooth care right from the start, which will make learning to brush teeth on their own easier as they grow. You can brush baby’s first tooth or two softly with a clean, damp washcloth.
Some baby toothpastes also come with a very soft rubber toothbrush that fits right on your finger. Gently brush/massage the tooth and gums to keep baby’s mouth healthy and clean after bottle feeding, breastfeeding, or baby food!
2. Make oral health fun.
Toddlers and young children can have a little fun with their oral hygiene thanks to cool kid-friendly tools like the tooth-brushing sand timer or the colorful single-use flossers designed for children.
3. Kids thrive on routines.
Routines are a parent’s best friend in many areas of their child’s life, and oral health is no exception. Make brushing and flossing a normal part of their morning and bedtime routines and watch them thrive with it.
4. Limit sugary snacks.
Juices and candy are notorious for causing tooth decay. Stick to water in the sippy cup, and limit sweets. When your child does have something sugary, remind them to brush afterwards to keep their teeth healthy and happy.
5. Visit the dentist every six months.
A lot can happen in six months’ time for a growing child! Staying up to date on your child’s biannual checkups and cleanings can help to catch any problems early. Plus, our friendly and fun staff will help to reinforce the healthy brushing and flossing habits you’re encouraging at home.
Whether you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Brooklyn or even Jersey City, Sky Dental is located in the perfect spot for parents seeking the right dental practice to meet their family’s needs.
Try Sky Dental Kids, where we make oral hygiene fun and easy for children and families. We’re here to answer any questions you have about your child’s oral health. And of course, we love answering questions from curious kids!
Call us today to schedule your child’s next pediatric dentistry cleaning and checkup.