Farmington NM parents who want their children to have beautiful smiles and healthy habits know that they need to set the right example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach doesn’t usually work.
If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch ourselves. If we want our child to choose an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies.
And what about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children see water bottles in our car cup holders, or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids?
Tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem in the United States, after the common cold. If you have a newborn or toddler, you have an extraordinary opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.
If every pre-teen you know has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable. We don’t believe this. There’s a lot you can do to keep their teeth cavity-free.
Even before your baby’s first teeth come in, there are things you can do. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is best.
The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. If your children are older and have had cavities, don’t give up. It’s never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy.
At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we love working with children and helping them develop beautiful smiles. Our cheerful dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. In addition to children’s dentistry, we provide family and cosmetic dentistry.
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