Tooth decay becomes a risk for your child as soon as their first tooth comes in. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable with proper oral health habits.
Tooth decay in infants and toddlers usually occurs in the upper front teeth, but can happen in any tooth. Learning to brush is an important life lesson, but until your child can brush their teeth on their own, it’s all up to you. Set a good example and impart on them good skills and start brushing as soon as that first tooth comes in. It is best to brush for your child until they are approximately 8 years old and longer if necessary.
Letting your child go to sleep with a bottle or drink can lead to problems. Having that liquid sit in your child’s mouth during the night can cause tooth decay.
Flossing should begin as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.
Does your water have fluoride?
Fluoride is a crucial mineral to fight tooth decay. Check if your tap water has fluoride to ensure your child is getting enough to help their teeth. Dr. Gallo may recommend a fluoride supplement if your child needs it. She will assess your child’s risk for tooth decay. There are also many toothpastes that offer fluoride in them.