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It takes hard work and patience to raise a family and keep them healthy and well! An important part of family health is your dental routine. It’s important to start early, when your child is an infant. You can begin by using a soft, wet cloth on your baby’s gums after drinking milk or juices.

Here are a few other tips for helping your children keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime:

Brush Early and Often! – Primary (baby) teeth should be brushed from the moment they first erupt into the mouth using a soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste if your child knows how to spit.

Brush at least twice a day. It’s especially important to brush before and after naps and bedtime, because the flow of saliva is reduced during sleep, making their teeth a feeding ground for cavities to form.

Floss Frequently – Even brushing won’t budge pesky plaque, but parent-assisted flossing on a daily basis will keep plaque and decay out. Ask Dr. Sneed for tips on how to best floss little teeth in little mouths.

Visit Us – Your child should have a first checkup at the time of his or her first birthday. Dr. Sneed sees children ages 1 and up, and we’ll be sure it’s a fun and positive experience for your child.

Set a Good Example – Start a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits right from the start so your child won’t know a different way to eat! Avoid sugary foods and juices and offer fruits and vegetables at meals and for snacks.

If your child is 12 months old or older, contact us at Sneed Dental Arts in Collierville to schedule that important first checkup. Good dental health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone!