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As you have probably heard, oral hygiene is extremely important. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are techniques that need to be performed multiple times a day if you wish to have a strong and healthy oral cavity. To help your child grow into their perfect smile, it is imperative that your child begins caring for their smile at an early age. So, to help your child have the best oral health possible, we recommend doing the following things:

1. Bring your child in for a checkup: It is strongly recommended that you bring your child in for their first dental appointment just after their first birthday or 6 months after their first tooth has erupted. This appointment will be simple and easy, and it will be the perfect time to ask the dentist any questions you have.

2. Teach your child good oral hygiene habits: If you teach your child the importance of good oral hygiene at a young age, it will be easier for them to care for their smile in the future. Make sure they know to brush every morning and every night, floss once a day, and rinse their mouth with mouthwash daily.

3. Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: Many parents don’t know that their baby’s bottles can easily create tooth decay, but it’s true. Please do your best to avoid putting your child down to sleep with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk. The sugary liquids will cling to your child’s teeth and they will begin to cause cavities. To avoid this situation, you can put your child to sleep with a bottle of water and you can encourage them to drink from a regular cup throughout the day.

4. Cut back on juice: Many people believe juice is a great choice of drink for children, but that’s not always the case. If your child frequently drinks juice, it can easily lead to tooth decay. However, if you limit your child to only 4 ounces a day with 100 percent fruit juice, your child should be fine.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 816-554-7656 today. We look forward to hearing from you!