A Healthy Baby's Smile
An exposure to fluoride (like that contained in toothpaste and city tap water) is probably the most effective cavity prevention treatment available today.
Dental researchers have shown that just introducing fluoride into a (previously unfluoridated) city's drinking water supply can reduce its inhabitants' rate of tooth decay between 40 and 70 percent.
Children who do not receive any fluoride varnish are more than twice as likely to develop tooth decay as the children who are assigned to the annual fluoride varnish.
Children who do not receive fluoride varnish are nearly four times more likely to develop tooth decay than those assigned to receive it twice per year.
We recommend to visit your pediatric dentist at least two times a year so your children can have the fluoride in their teeth. ADA recommends to take your child to de pediatric dentist at 12 months of age.
- Start cleaning your infant's gums with a soft baby toothbrush or cloth and water.
- Begin brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste when your child's teeth begin to come in if he definitely doesn’t know how to rinse use toothpaste with no fluoride.
- Use a very thin smear of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
- Rinse or spray your child's mouth with water after a meal if you are out and about and after each dose of medicine.
- If your child wants to brush, make sure you do a thorough cleaning at the end of the day (have your child brush and then you "check" with the toothbrush and finish with a thorough cleaning).