Cavities lead as one of the most common health conditions in the world. Fortunately, tooth decay can be prevented with proper oral hygiene habits and dental care at the earliest age. People can find gentle and compassionate dental care at sherway dentistry in Etobicoke, ON. We offer general, cosmetic, restorative, preventive, and children's dentistry. The team provides care for family members of all ages.
Maintaining a baby's oral health
After a baby's first tooth has erupted, we recommend a dental visit. We also recommend the following:
- Wipe the mouth with a soft, moist washcloth every day
until the first tooth erupts.
- After the baby's first tooth has erupted, brush it with a soft
bristle toothbrush every day.
- Avoid giving the baby juice until 6 months old.
- Do not allow the baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
- Do not give the baby sugary foods and beverages such as soda or candy.
White spots on the baby's teeth are a sign of dental caries. If you notice them, we recommend scheduling an appointment immediately. As the baby grows into a toddler, encourage brushing teeth as a fun activity. Consider buying a toothbrush he or she will look forward to using. It is important to brush the teeth after breakfast and before bedtime. Just as you take care of your children's oral health, do not overlook yours.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits
We recommend brushing at least twice a day and sometimes after every meal. Store your toothbrush uncovered in an upright position because bacteria may build up when the brush remains damp. Before going to bed, brush and floss the teeth. Proper technique includes winding the dental floss around the middle finger. Wrap the remaining floss around the other middle finger. Grip the floss between the forefingers and thumb. Gently rub the sides of the teeth with the floss, allowing it to meet the gum line. We recommend dental check-ups at least twice a year. We will develop a preventive care plan during these appointments.
Do you want to learn more about how we can help your family maintain healthy oral habits? Call sherway dentistry today at 416.639.2546 to schedule an appointment.