Tips For Healthy Baby Teeth
Your ultimate guide to caring for baby teeth
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Tiny smiles deserve big care
At our dental office, we’re passionate about helping little smiles shine their brightest. From the moment those first tiny pearly whites appear, Dr. Gonzalez is here to guide you and your child through the exciting journey of dental health. Whether you have questions about teething, brushing, or cavities, she’s your go-to expert for keeping baby teeth healthy and happy.
With our fun, personable approach and expert knowledge, our team is committed to creating a positive dental experience for your child. Contact us to request an appointment or call (850) 792-9100.
Brushing your baby’s teeth
- Start early: Before those precious baby teeth even make their grand appearance, gently clean your baby’s mouth with a soft cloth or an infant toothbrush. This simple routine helps prepare your little one for future brushing.
- Twice as nice: Once those first teeth have erupted, it’s time to get brushing! Make sure to brush twice a day and always before bedtime. Keep an eye on your child’s brushing technique until they’re around 7–8 years old.
- Portion control: For kids aged 2 and under, use just a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. If your child is 3 or older, a pea-sized amount will do the trick.
- Technique is key: When brushing, use a gentle circular pattern, focusing on the gum line. Angle the bristles towards the gums to effectively remove any pesky plaque.
- Brushing trouble? No problem! If your little one isn’t a fan of brushing time, try laying them down with their head in your lap for better visibility. Use your finger to gently pull their cheek away from their teeth. For older kids, a step stool in the bathroom can help them see themselves in the mirror.
We can’t wait to see your little one!
Starting early sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Our friendly team is dedicated to making this experience positive, fun, and informative for both you and your child. We’re excited to welcome your little one to their first dental checkup!
Healthy habits for happy smiles
Floss those tiny teeth: As soon as any two teeth are close enough to touch, it’s time to introduce flossing into your child’s oral care routine. You can even make it a fun game!
Say bye-bye to the pacifier: Between the ages of 6 months and 1 year, gently transition your child away from pacifier use to avoid any potential dental issues.
The sooner, the better: Schedule your child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. We can’t wait to welcome them with open arms!
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Fighting Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease in the U.S. — more common than childhood obesity, asthma, and diabetes. But fear not! With these guidelines, you can help protect your child’s smile:
- Fluoride to the rescue: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends fluoridated toothpaste for kids of all ages. Skip the training toothpaste and go straight for the fluoride, ensuring you use the correct amount (rice-sized for under 2, pea-sized for 3 and up).
- Cavity-causing germs: You can catch cavities like you catch a cold! The bacteria that cause cavities are passed through saliva, so avoid sharing food or beverages with your child. Don’t share toothbrushes, put their pacifier in your mouth, or kiss on the lips.
- Keep bedtime beverages simple: Only offer water at bedtime, and avoid overnight feedings — even with milk. Sugary liquids or carbohydrates such as milk, formula, or fruit juice can expose teeth to bacterial acid for extended periods, increasing the risk of decay.
- Snack smart: Limit snacks to 3 times a day and always reach for healthy options first. Keep those sugary treats for special occasions.
- Dental visits: Visit Tiny Teeth of Tally every 6 months for dental cleanings and checkups — we’ll ensure your child’s oral health is in top shape!
Give your child a healthy smile
Going to the dentist shouldn’t be difficult or stressful. Our team is here to help your child get the dental care that they deserve so they can eat, sleep, and go to school without pain.