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How to make sure your child takes care of their teeth

Building a foundation of good oral health habits at a young age is the best way to assist children in taking their smile seriously. The teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but only if they are well cared for. The team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New York, NY provides a range of services to children, while also educating parents on ways to help their kids achieve and maintain good oral health and wellness.

How can I help my child take care of their teeth?

First and foremost, oral healthcare starts from day one. There are certain recommendations we make for infants when it comes to dental care:

  •  Avoid putting the baby to bed with a milk bottle, as this can decay new, growing teeth
  • Schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts, or before the child’s first birthday
  • Use a wet washcloth to clean the gums after breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or spoon-feeding

As your child gets older, it’s time to educate them on how to care for their new teeth and keep them clean and free from decay. Below are our recommendations for toddlers and preschool children:

  • Teach your child to brush their teeth twice a day—once in the morning and once at night
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste once appropriate
  • Avoid high-sugar drinks and foods, such as chocolates, candies, and sodas, or provide in moderation
  • Provide your child with a healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips or candy
  • Have your child scheduled for a cleaning and evaluation every six months with a pediatric dentist
  • Call your child’s dentist when problems arise

Ready to work with a pediatric dental team in New York, NY?

Look no further than the team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our providers work with children of all ages and can help parents promote good oral health habits with their child in a way that ensures they care for their teeth and gums! The office is located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 and accepts new patients. The practice phone number is (212) 879-6518.

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