Early dental care gives Columbus, GA, patients happy and healthy smilesPosted by Dr. Joseph Narde
Dr. Joseph Narde of Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, believes that practicing good oral care habits when a child is young is a key step to setting them up for a lifetime of good oral health. He offers these tips for his patients with young children:
- Begin early: Through the preschool years, parents should be charge of a child’s oral health. This means wiping the gums with a soft cloth after feedings when the child is an infant and using a toothbrush as soon as the first tooth erupts. Even once the child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and reach the faucet, parents should continue to brush at check the teeth to ensure they are getting clean.
- Make brushing fun: Let your child pick the toothbrush or toothpaste. A brand that features a favorite color or character can provide incentive to brush and make the habit more fun.
- Offer healthy foods: Foods and drinks with high sugar content cause plaque and cavities to form. Try to limit your child’s exposure to sugar by using water in place of soda or fruit juice and offering vegetables and fruits rather than candy or cake.
- Visit the dentist regularly: It is important to establish a good relationship between your child and the dentist at a young age. These visits provide an important opportunity to have your child’s mouth examined and to receive information to ensure his or her mouth stays healthy.
Dr. Joseph Narde at Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, helps his patients with children understand the importance of and provides tips for early dental care.
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