Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three we will discuss options for helping your child quit. We work with families to provide age appropriate ideas and support in helping to eliminate these habits.
We strongly support breast feeding! In order to prevent cavities, we recommend that once your child has teeth you should then avoid nursing your child to sleep and do not put anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Also, we will teach you the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Remember, your child’s first visit should occur soon after their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. At this first visit we can help you learn the techniques that will prevent decay for your child.
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. To help prevent cavities, use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively so you have to brush for them. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.