Hi mama! Can you believe we’re already half-way through the month? Halloween is just around the corner which means that you’re kids are likely going to bring home treat after treat these next few weeks. Aside from setting healthy limitations on what they can and can’t indulge it is important to pay special attention to their dental habits! Coincidentally, the dental world works tirelessly to promote oral health the entire month of October which they’ve dubbed National Dental Hygiene Month!
You shouldn’t dismiss this as just another ridiculous holiday because dental hygiene is SUPER important! Tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease affecting children but we can easily fix that. It is so SIMPLE to help your kids establish good dental habits from a very early age. Not sure how to go about it? No worries! We have you covered, girlfriend!
- Make a visit to your pediatric dentist early! Some dentists suggest visiting as early as 6 months whether or not your child has teeth. Definitely make an appointment before your child turns one.
- Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean moist gauze pad or these nifty tooth tissues.
- Brush your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear. Use an appropriately sized toothbrush and kid-friendly toothpaste. Kids three and older should be using toothpaste with fluoride and a dab the size of a pea. Unless your dentist says otherwise the little ones under two should also be using fluoride toothpaste but don’t go overboard with the toothpaste, a small smear about the size of a grain of rice will suffice!
- Supervise your little one when they decide to take over brushing themselves. You can set a timer but nothing compares to being there to monitor their efforts.
- Make sure your little one brushes 2x a day and try to keep them from swallowing the toothpaste.
Here are some other tips to promote dental health:
- Do not dip pacifiers in sugar.
- Do not clean pacifiers in your mouth and do not share utensils. Both can pass bacteria from you to your baby.
- Do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk and refrain from giving toddlers food after they have brushed their teeth.
- Make water the primary liquid offered in the sippy cup and transition to a regular cup as soon as they are ready (between 12 and 15 months).
- Limit juices and sugary foods.
- Model good dental hygiene!
Have a wonderful week, mama! XOXO