Dr. Katalina Ramirez, DDS, Discusses How Parents Can Enhance Their Children’s Oral Health

Children require different and sometimes more extensive dental care than typical adults need. According to WebMD, more than 40 percent of youths develop symptoms of tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten. However, parents can improve their children’s dental hygiene through a variety of methods.

Parents should take their new baby to the dentist before he reaches his first birthday. Early trips to a dental professional can reduce dental care costs in the future. In addition to protecting the teeth a youth already has, a dentist can also provide knowledge about proper brushing and flossing techniques. Although infants will lose their baby teeth, instilling in them the right methods of tooth maintenance from a young age will serve them as they grow older. Other tips include getting rid of the pacifier by their second or third year and offering the baby water instead of milk or juice before bedtime because sugars from milk and juices can attach to the teeth and cause decay.

About the Author:

For nearly a decade, pediatric dentist Dr. Katalina Ramirez, DDS, has treated patients in California. Operating out of her Redwood Shores private practice, Dr. Ramirez serves young patients, helping them establish good dental habits from an early age.

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