Childhood Oral Hygiene Tips From Your Knoxville Dentist

Dr. Jim Erpenbach believes in providing and comprehensive care to his patients of all ages. As a proponent of oral systemic health, he believes that oral health is directly related to the health of his patients’ entire bodies. For this reason, our staff works hard to establish proper dental hygiene among children. When children are…

Dr. Jim Erpenbach believes in providing and comprehensive care to his patients of all ages. As a proponent of oral systemic health, he believes that oral health is directly related to the health of his patients’ entire bodies. For this reason, our staff works hard to establish proper dental hygiene among children. When children are instructed on the importance of oral hygiene and dental health, they tend to carry these good habits into adulthood. With a focus on preventive dentistry, patients can save themselves from potentially costly and invasive procedures in the future. Below our staff has composed some useful information about childhood oral health that you may not know.

Childhood Oral Hygiene Tips

  • Children should visit Dr. Erpenbach before their first birthday. This allows us to check for any abnormalities in their mouths.
  • When your infant’s teeth begin to erupt the gum line, clean his or her mouth with a clean, wet washcloth.
  • Have your child begin using toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush around the age of two.
  • Gently brush the surfaces of your child’s teeth, gum tissues, and tongue.
  • When your child is able to brush his or her own teeth, make sure to supervise his or her brushing habits to correct improper brushing techniques.
  • Make sure your child only uses a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Between the ages of four and five, your child should have his or her first dental cleaning. This will help keep his or her mouth clean from harmful bacteria and plaque buildup while also establishing familiarity with our dentist office.
  • If your child shows signs of tooth decay, Dr. Erpenbach may apply a topical fluoride solution. This will help strengthen tooth enamel, which may prevent cavities.
  • Discourage snacking between meals and promote a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed off sugary foods.

If it is time to bring your child to Dr. Erpenbach, contact our Knoxville dentist office today at (865) 240-2035. We serve patients from West Knoxville and the Bearden area of Knoxville.

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