Dental Tips for Parents

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Instilling proper oral health habits early in your child’s life is the key to preventing tooth decay and gingivitis. Good dental hygiene routines should be started as early as your child’s first teeth erupt and continued throughout life.

Parents should begin brushing teeth as soon as they come in; Flossing should begin when two adjacent teeth touch

Parents should not give an unattended or sleeping child a bottle with milk or juice. Instead, children should drink water to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.

Sealants are an excellent way to prevent tooth decay in children. A dental sealant procedure takes only minutes, is painless, and less than half the cost of a filling.

If a child (or adult) has a permanent tooth knocked out of his/her mouth;

Gently rinse (not scrub) the tooth off and place it in a cup of warm milk (salt water is the second best choice; plain water the third)

Call the dentist immediately and bring the soaking tooth with you for re-implantation and stabilization.

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