Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry Near Me, San Jose CA

Why is preventive dentistry important for your child?

Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better chance of good general health, since disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.

When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant gum swab and water. Upgrade to a small toothbrush when the first tooth appears. Remember that most small children do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively until they are about five years old. Be cautious with the toothpaste and only use a tiny smear.

How can I prevent tooth decay from improper use of baby bottle, sippy cup or nursing?

Encourage your child to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday. Children should not fall asleep with a bottle. At-will nighttime breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Avoid having the child drink juice from the bottle, and encourage drinking juice from a cup at mealtime. Use only water in a cup between meals. Stop bottle-feeding around 12 to 14 months old!

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Call our dental practice today to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists. We offer affordable, reliable, and highly professional dental services. Our trusted dental team will be happy to meet with you and discuss your available dental options.