While it may seem that candy poses the biggest danger to children’s teeth, so-called healthy foods such as milk, fruit juices, and formulas may also contribute to decay. These foods have sugars that provide food for decay-causing bacteria. To nip this problem in the bud, parents should wipe off infants’ gums with gauze or a washcloth moistened with water after each feeding. When a child’s first tooth appears, use a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush with water. Take your child to the dentist by his or her first birthday, and ask the dentist about fluoride and sealants for prevention and when to start using toothpaste. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical to maintaining good oral health throughout life.
By brushing and flossing we help to eliminate the bacteria, which can lead to bad breath, gingivitis, and periodontal disease thus creating smiles which last a lifetime. Always feel free to discuss your dental concerns with us West Brookfield Dental. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where we practice an unparalleled level of dentistry. Please call 508.203.4023 to schedule an appointment.