Pediatric Dentist Charlotte NC
It is the wish of every parent to have overall healthy children, which is why moms and dads in Charlotte make it a routine to visit the dentist, Dr. Stout, a doctor of general and pediatric dentistry, within the first few months after delivery. The good oral health that you desire for your child depends on the state of their teeth and gums.
Good dental care contributes to good overall health. Needless to say, good overall health helps your child to grow up to become a healthy, and strong adult. Here are some oral health information for your infants and toddlers.
Stop Using Bottles as Sleep Aids
It is a habit of many parents to provide their little ones with a bedtime bottle with the hope that this would make them fall asleep easily. Yes, this usually helps to prevent having to deal with a crying baby, but it is not really a prudent thing when you are concerned about both the dental and overall health of your child.
Bottle-feeding in bed leaves food remnants on the baby’s teeth, this promotes an increase in the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to what is known as early childhood dental caries or, more popularly, baby bottle tooth decay and the consequence of such decays may last a lifetime.
It is extremely important to discontinue giving your little one a bottle in bed, but, if you must do so, it is advisable to fill the container with plain water.
Go for a Checkup
Regular dental checkups are crucial for promoting healthy teeth and gums. You should, ideally, start considering taking your child to our pediatric dental practice for a checkup once you notice the first tooth and latest by his or her first birthday.
This suggests the need to start very early, rather than waiting for your child’s visit until he/she gets older. Dental visits for early checkups are utilized to help prevent cavities that can start appearing as soon as your baby begins to have teeth. It is essential for you to be proactive.
Stop Thumbsucking and Toss the Pacifier
Without a doubt, children who suck their thumb find it quite satisfying, the habit induces feelings of comfort, contentment and relaxation. Pacifiers are proposed to serve as an alternative to the thumb for sucking to produce similar effects.
However, all thumbsucking should preferably stop around the age of three, ending before permanent teeth appear. Continued sucking of a thumb, finger or pacifier can have unfavorable consequences on tooth alignment as well as on the growth and shape of the teeth.
Help your child realize that sucking thumb, finger or objects isn’t proper from a particular age and endeavor to praise him or her for not indulging. You will have to work closely with your dentist if you cannot get your toddler to quit the habit independently. Utilization of a mouth appliance or coating of the thumb with a bitter taste is among the possible suggestions you may get for discontinuing the habit.
Sugary foods and drinks are major culprits in incidences of tooth decay. It is strongly recommended that you reduce the amounts of sugary foods for your infant or toddler. These foods are fuel for tooth and gum-destroying bacteria to thrive. It will be beneficial to carefully consider the amount of added sugar in foods and drinks you provide to your child. Reduce starchy foods, skip the soda and limit daily juice intake to no more than six ounces (oz).
It is also pertinent to be vigilant with sweetened medications. You might suppose they cannot be harmful, but they contain sugars and flavors which are food for bacteria as well.
Teach and Encourage Healthy Dental Habits
It is crucial to educate your child on good oral hygiene from a very tender age. Children who are educated about oral health care in this manner are more likely to continue this way and have better oral health as adults.
Good oral healthcare begins even before leaving the hospital when you wipe the gums with a moist, clean washcloth or gauze pad.
Teach your child the importance of regular brushing with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Incorporate flossing as well as rinsing when of age. Brushing and flossing before bed, but not too late in the night, is crucial and you should endeavor to handle this for a child younger than six.
Do things that can encourage your toddler to brush and floss, such as making it a family affair, providing a special toothbrush or giving an incentive.
Talk To Our Pediatric Dentist In Charlotte NC
If you have questions about your child’s oral health call our friendly team at Stout Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stout to discuss prevention and/or treatment. You can reach us at (704) 253-8799.