Happy Children’s Oral Health Month! During the month of February, the American Dental Association shines a light on children’s oral health concerns. Starting from birth, taking care of your baby’s gums can help set them up for a life of beautiful smiles. Columbus, GA family dentist Dr. Albert Caves provides comprehensive oral care for patients of all ages.
Did You Know?
- Did you know that you should never share utensils or toothbrushes with your baby?
It is important to keep your baby’s mouth clean. Many parents share utensils and toothbrushes with their young children without giving it a second thought. It is recommended by the ADA to never share mouth germs with your children. Your mouth harbors germs and bacteria that can cause cavities and even gum disease. It is best to not share toothbrushes, utensils, or anything with your saliva on it with your baby. Always give your child their own set of utensils to avoid spreading cavity causing bacteria.
- Did you know cavities can develop at the first sign of teeth?
Babies are born with teeth that sit below the gum line. From the day they are born they are susceptible to contracting cavity causing bacteria. The ADA recommends wiping your baby’s gums after meal time from the very start of their lives. It only takes a few seconds and can help prevent sugar build up that can cause decay.
- Did you know your baby should have their first dentist office visit at the sign of their first tooth?
As soon as you see a tooth erupt, it is time to schedule your baby’s first visit to Dr. Caves. Dr. Caves will examine your baby’s teeth and can start tracking their oral development. Dr. Caves may recommend using fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth twice a day.
- Did you know fluoride can help protect your children’s teeth?
Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Many cities and townships add fluoride to their water so that every citizen can enjoy the oral health benefits. You may also consider brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Children under three need just a small smear of toothpaste on their brush. Once all of their teeth have emerged, a small pea size is the ideal amount of toothpaste to help build healthy, strong teeth.
Family Dental Care Columbus, GA
Family dentistry offers the convenience of a one stop service for the whole family. Dr. Caves has years of experience tending to the needs of all stages of oral development. From the first tooth to your golden years, our dental care team will provide attentive and quality dental care. Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.