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When you have a toddler, you’re most likely preoccupied with the temper tantrums, making sure they don’t get into anything dangerous, and teaching them all about the ABC’s. You probably don’t think about keeping their oral health in tip-top shape, right? Well, you should. In fact, our dentist, Dr. William D. Steinhauer, strongly encourages you to do certain things regularly to care for their teeth and gums. Those things are:

-Clean their smile regularly. In fact, you should clean it twice a day. To do so, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is made for children. Also, use the appropriate toothpaste (if they are under three years old, use non-fluoridated toothpaste that is safe to swallow). For flossing instructions, ask our dental team.

-Don’t let your child go to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk. This is recommended because giving your child a beverage other than water at bed can create cavities on your kid’s smile. This is called baby bottle tooth decay. It is a very dangerous and inconvenient dental problem that should be avoided as much as possible.

-Bring them into our office for their checkups. It’s best to bring them in every six months so they can prevent major dental issues and so you can learn more about caring for their teeth and gums. This also helps them familiarize themselves with the dental office, which can prevent dental anxiety in the future.

To learn more about oral hygiene in San Antonio, Texas, or to schedule your kid an appointment at our office, please contact Dentistry for Children today at 210-432-1510. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, so please don’t be hesitant to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you!