Through a new initiative called the Brush, Book, Bed program, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents and guardians to inculcate in their children the habit of brushing their teeth, develop a reading culture and establish a regular bedtime routine.
The program is aimed at ensuring your child reap the benefits that come with a daily routine. Predictability in early childhood enhances cognitive ability and reduces the burden on caregivers come bedtime.
Supervise To Get the Job Done
It’s never too early to start attending to your child oral hygiene care. Dr. Shiva Basir of Upper East Side Kids Dentist advises caregivers to take the center stage in ensuring that their young’s teeth are cleaned after every meal. For newborns, a soft clean washcloth can be used to wipe off the baby’s gums.
Baby Toothbrush At Hand
Your child’s oral hygiene care will change with age. Once your baby’s teeth begin erupting, it’s advisable that caregivers should begin brushing using an infant toothbrush together with a rice-grain sized fluoridated toothpaste. Always persuade your child to spit and not to swallow the toothpaste.
In case of doubts, feel free to direct all your child’s dental health concerns to Dr. Basir and our dental team. Always include regular dental check-up for your kid and limit snacking before bedtime for a healthy young smile.