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Taking Care of Your Child's Teeth

Ask any dentist, and he or she will tell you that one of the best gifts you can give your child is the gift of good oral health. When you make dental health a priority for your child, not only will you help him or her avoid problems now, but you will also set the stage for healthy teeth and gums during adulthood. See a kids’ dentist in Alpharetta by your child’s first birthday and keep these kid-friendly dental health tips in mind.

Start Oral Care Early
You can start making oral health part of your child’s life before he or she gets any teeth. Gently rub your child’s gums with a soft washcloth to get him or her used to the idea of cleaning the mouth. Once your child’s teeth start emerging from the gums, you can gently brush them without toothpaste and then with a small amount of toothpaste when your dentist says it is okay. Keep in mind that, contrary to popular belief, it is important to care for baby teeth even though your child will lose them. Unhealthy baby teeth can cause pain and may interfere with the development of your child’s jaw and the placement of his or her adult teeth.

Pediatric Dentist | AlpharettaMake Fluoride a Priority
Fluoride plays an important role in the development of healthy teeth. Part of children’s dentistry is helping parents understand what the right amount of fluoride is for their kids. Fluoride toothpaste will help meet some of your child’s fluoride needs. Your child’s dentist may also recommend putting a fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth. Find out if the water where you live has added fluoride, and if so, opt to give your child tap water instead of bottled water. If the water does not have added fluoride, ask your dentist about supplemental fluoride options.

See the Dentist Regularly
Make going to the dentist twice a year for preventative care part of your child’s routine so he or she can develop the habit of making oral health a priority. Regular check-ups also allow your family dentist to catch problems in their early stages and advise you about changing health issues, such as when your child may need braces.

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