Dental hygiene is essential for every family member. When it comes to children, however, it is even more important to make sure the teeth are properly maintained. As your child grows, their teeth begin to harden, laying a foundation that will hopefully be there for a lifetime.

Your child’s teeth must develop correctly for good health later in life. You can achieve that by implementing the following tips:

Start Brushing Early

Before your child’s teeth appear, use a damp cloth to clean their gums after feedings. As soon as the first teeth appear, start brushing.

Initially, make sure you use a soft-bristled brush and water only. You don’t want your child to swallow too much fluoride. When you start to use toothpaste, start with a rice-size amount.

Bottle Feeding

Avoid giving your child sweet drinks in the baby bottle as it can affect your baby’s teeth when they start appearing. It is also not a good idea to put infants and toddlers to sleep with a feeding bottle in the mouth as it can promote tooth decay.

Provide Sufficient Fluoride

Regular use of fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth enamel, preventing the penetration of acid. You receive fluoride from your municipal tap water, but if your water is not fluoridated, or you use purified water, ask your dentist to recommend appropriate fluoride supplements. You can also find specially formulated fluoride toothpaste that for children.

Provide a Healthy Diet

Focus on healthy foods such as vegetables, fresh fruits, and cheese. Discourage them from consuming foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Sticky foods like chips, cookies, and doughnuts are also not good for dental health as they get stuck between teeth and can be difficult to remove.

Look Out for Signs of Development Problems

Watch how your child’s mouth is developing by monitoring issues with the jawline, teeth coming in, chewing, and swallowing. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.

It is also important to take your child for dental visits at least once every six months for a routine check-up and professional cleaning.