Regular oral care is not only important in maintaining a healthy smile but also to your child’s overall health. At Spring & Sprout, we understand that developing good oral hygiene starts young and we are dedicated to supporting you and your family in all of your dental needs from birth to braces. By providing you with trusted information about preventative care, our specialists aim to empower you and your child to take control over your oral health.
Routine cleanings are a large part of developing good oral hygiene as they provide our specialists with the opportunity to examine your child's oral development and address growth issues and emerging infection in the early stages. While the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends regular visits to your specialist every six months, our specialists understand that the maintenance of good oral hygiene takes place largely outside of the office through the development of healthy habits relating to nutrition and diet as well as brushing and cleaning.
Nutrition & Diet
Sugary foods and drinks are often the biggest culprits in developing oral infection in young children. Our specialists recommend limiting your little one's intake of sugar to no more than four times per day. For those looking for healthy alternatives to sugary snacks and beverages, consider giving your kids milk or water instead of sodas and juice boxes (even chocolate milk is a better alternative)! Fresh fruits and vegetables can also be a healthier alternative to gummy snacks or candy bars. Though it's best to consult with your specialist on a specialized nutrition plan, avoiding sticky/sugary snacks can be an important first step in preventative care.
Brushing & Cleaning
Developing healthy habits at a young age helps ensure your child maintains good oral health. Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles from your child's teeth which could lead to cavities or other infections. For infants, it is recommended that parent's use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe off the gums. For toddlers and older children, brushing regularly is one of the most effective ways to reduce plaque and harmful bacteria in your child's mouth. As a general rule, brushing can begin with the emergence of the first tooth. It's recommended that children brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. For young children or those with an especially short attention span), this can be a difficult habit to instill. To mediate these challenges, consider brushing alongside your little one or timing them to their favorite song!
Flossing is also an important habit to incorporate into your child's routine. Missing out on a flossing session can leave up to 35% of a tooth's surface uncleaned! While flossing can prove to be quite the challenge for little hands, our teams are specially trained to educate your children on proper flossing techniques and have a wide array of tried and true practices. If your child is having trouble mastering this new skill, speak with your dentist at their next visit about ways to make flossing easier.
While our specialists hope your little ones never experience oral infection or disease, cavities are sometimes an unfortunate part of life. In the event that your child's dentist notices the start of an infection, they will work with you to develop recommendations for a treatment plan based on the unique needs of your little one. If you'd like to speak with a member of our team regarding preventative care or are concerned that your child may be experiencing an infection, please don't hesitate to reach out to your office today to schedule an appointment!