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The Importance of Dental Care for Baby Teeth


Many people may be under the impression that it’s not important to care for baby (primary) teeth; after all, they are only temporary. However, the tissue surrounding those teeth is forever and you need it to last. Teaching your child to care for his or her teeth at an early age is extremely important. These habits will stay with him or her for a lifetime and protect the health of their teeth and gums throughout every stage of life. The basics of brushing and flossing can be taught even before the first tooth emerges and, the sooner you begin, the more likely your child will embrace proper dental care and appreciate the importance of routine visits to your family dentistry expert.

Everyone knows that taking care of adult teeth includes once-daily flossing, twice-daily brushing, and daily swishes with mouthwash. What most people don’t know is that these same dental care habits can be important for children as well—with a few modifications.


Flossing can begin as soon as your child has two teeth that are emerged side by side. While the ritual will not be intense or rigorous like flossing a full set of adult teeth, it helps your child become familiar with the habit and the sensations associated with flossing. Flossing promotes strong teeth and gum health by freeing bacteria and debris that gets caught where a toothbrush can’t reach. Areas between the teeth are where most people are susceptible to cavities and damage to surrounding tissue, making flossing an important habit to instill in your children. When flossing your child’s teeth, use a flossing stick or pick. You will find this makes the whole process easier for you and your child. As your child grows and acquires more teeth, you can make the transition to flossing with string floss.


It’s no secret that brushing is essential to good dental care. It is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums, which is why you should start familiarizing your child with the habit well before the first tooth emerges. You can begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or piece of gauze following feeding to help your baby acclimate to the sensations of dental care. As your child begins to develop teeth, wrap your finger with a soft cloth and emulate brushing their teeth and gums. Around the time your child has four teeth that have fully emerged, you can introduce him or her to using a toothbrush. Be certain to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush designed especially for children. Discuss when to begin using toothpaste with an affordable dentist in Capitol Heights. Most experts in family dentistry agree that only plain water is necessary for the first four or five years.


Mouthwash can be important for young children. Mouthwash aids in the removal of bacteria that causes bad breath, making it another important habit for your children to learn. Look for brands specially formulated for young children.

Instilling good dental care habits will ensure that your child has a happy, healthy beautiful smile for a lifetime.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Capitol Heights, call Dental One Associates at Steeplechase today at (240) 392-3983 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Capitol Heights. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Steeplechase, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Steeplechase.

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