As a parent, it’s natural to want to give your child the best possible start to a healthy smile. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan is here to help you with some important tips for keeping your toddler’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape. 

Use The Correct Amount (and Right Type) of Toothpaste 

One of the most important things you can do for your child’s dental health is to use the correct amount of toothpaste. For toddlers, a rice-grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is all they need.  Remember to have them spit after brushing. 

Floss Your Child’s Teeth if They’re Touching  

If your child’s teeth are touching/kissing together, it’s time to start flossing! It may seem a little early, but food and plaque can get stuck between baby teeth just like they can with adult teeth. By starting early, you’ll help your child establish good flossing habits that will last a lifetime and reduce their chances of developing cavities.  

Limit Sugary Drinks (Like Juice) 

Another way to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy is to limit sugary drinks like fruit juice and sports drinks. These drinks are high in sugar and artificial sweeteners, which can lead to cavities.  And some of them are very acidic, too.  These types of beverages can be fun but they must be limited in quantity of consumption and it is best to drink them with a meal as the food will neutralize some of the acid and sugar content.  We suggest you try to encourage your children to only drink water between meals.  

Schedule a Dental Checkup by Age 1 

Finally, it’s important to schedule a dental checkup for your child by their first birthday. Your child’s first dental visit is an important opportunity for our pediatric dentist to check for any potential problems and to give you tips for keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy. We can also answer any questions you may have about your child’s dental health and development. 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan. Call us today to schedule your child’s next checkup.