The Secrets of Toddler Gum Health
When it comes to your children, you want to focus on more than teeth alone. Gum health is also of vital importance and will have a long-term bearing on the health of your child’s mouth. How can you maintain the gum health of your toddler? Here are a few important tips.
- Wipe Food Clear
Baby food is designed to be eaten without a full set of teeth. As a result, it is mushy and may cling to the gums. Wiping your child’s gums with a clean wet cloth after a meal is a good way to keep bacteria from building up on the gums.
- Don’t Put Toddlers to Bed with a Bottle of formula or milk
It may be a good way to get a kid to lay down quietly, but it’s also a good way to leave sugar on your child’s teeth and gums overnight. If you can’t get your son or daughter to sleep without a bottle, make sure to fill it with plain water.
- Don’t Sweeten a Pacifier
If your toddler still uses a pacifier, don’t add any sweetener like honey to it. This just creates the right conditions in the mouth for bacteria to thrive.
- Start Brushing Early
Before the first tooth erupts massage the gums with a finger brush to help your child learn to accept tooth brushing. Once the first tooth erupts, use a rice grain amount of toothpaste with Fluoride on a small soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure to use a washcloth to wipe the teeth once brushing is complete.
Find a Pediatric Dentist
Starting your child on the path to lifelong oral health includes regular dental visits to have teeth and gums checked. BRSH+FLSS is proud to be that dental practice for many young ones in the area. Parents love our focus on prevention rather than treatment. And kids love our anxiety-free sedation dentistry techniques when the need for restorative care does arise. Call 619-741-1500 today, to get your toddler on the road to lifelong healthy teeth and gums.