Oral Health

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Oral Health

Early dental care not only lays the foundation for healthy adult teeth, but also ensures baby teeth are kept healthy. Baby teeth are important for proper jaw development, healthy eating throughout childhood, guiding adult teeth into place, and the ability to speak clearly.

Tips for parents and caregivers for good oral care:

  • Before teeth come in, clean your baby’s mouth with a soft baby toothbrush or wet face cloth
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, morning and bedtime, with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Help your child brush and floss until they are able to write, not print, their own name.
  • When the teeth are touching and brushing is well established, floss once daily.
  • Babies aren’t born with decay causing bacteria – but they can be transferred from you. Avoid sharing a spoon or toothbrush.
  • Never let your baby sleep with a bottle that contains anything but plain water. In fact, it is best to have your child give up the bottle or sippy cup at bedtime as soon as possible.
  • Use a rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste on a small, soft toothbrush for children up to three years of age. Increase to a pea-size amount for three years of age and older.
  • Use a regular cup at 12 months of age. Introduce at six to nine months.
  • Limit milk and 100% unsweetened juice to meals and scheduled snacks.
  • Between meals give thirsty children plain water.
  • Give your child healthy snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and grains. Sugary and starchy foods can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Resources

  • Children from 1 – 4 are eligible for Interior Health’s Lift the Lip Program.   For more information, click here.
  • BC Healthy Kids Program provides assistance to low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear for their children.
  • Canadian Dental Association
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