Posted: March 17, 2016
Parents looking for a pediatric dentist in Hoboken should be aware that a child’s dental health is more than a matter of routine checkups.
Dr. Frank DePaola wants you to know that your little one’s baby teeth need brushing and flossing, just like your teeth. Also, there are good habits you can establish for a lifetime of proactive dental hygiene. At the same time, you should stop bad habits before they take hold.
WHAT TO DO:
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day using training toothpaste and an age-appropriate toothbrush. If your child is very young, you may have to brush for them. Your children should also floss daily.
- Establish a dental-healthy diet, with water or milk at meals, and juice only once daily with a meal. If your child carries a sippy cup between meals, water is the best choice. Avoid sugary foods and drinks such as processed fruit snacks and sodas.
- A child’s first trip to the dentist should come by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth coming in, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Treat the visit as a positive event rather than something to be dreaded or avoided.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Don’t let night-time bottle feeding continue after your child’s teeth start coming in.
- Don’t encourage use of a pacifier or thumb-sucking.
Please contact Children’s Dentistry of Hoboken using the form on this page or call 201-792-9400 today to schedule your child’s pediatric dentistry appointment. We serve patients in Hoboken, Jersey City and throughout Hudson County, New Jersey.