In many ways the way you take care of your kid’s teeth is very similar to how you take care of your own. The foundation of a healthy smile always includes keeping teeth clean and regular visits to the dentist, but there are a few more things to remember when thinking about your little ones.
Under Age 3:
- Start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come in. You can use a soft cloth or baby toothbrush with a rice size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Teach them to spit out the toothpaste after brushing so they don’t swallow it.
- Avoid putting them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
- Once your baby is a year old, start flossing between their teeth once a day wherever there are two teeth close together.
- Take your baby in to see the dentist before their first birthday and choose a dentist who is known to be good with kids.
- Start teaching them to brush their own teeth and find ways to make it fun.
- Increase the toothpaste to a pea size dab.
- Teach your child to brush on their own for 2 minutes twice a day and floss once a day.
- Keep observing their technique and thoroughness until they are about 8 years old. Brush your teeth with them if you can.
- Continue annual dental check ups even if their teeth seem good as it will get them used to having positive dental visits.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants to prevent cavities.
Ages 6 and up:
- Increase the amount of toothpaste a small amount
- Continue annual checkups
- Make sure they are brushing with good technique for 2 minutes twice a day.
- Talk to your dentist if their teeth seem crooked or too big for their mouth.
- Follow through on any recommendations by your dentist and hygienist.
We love kids (and moms) and would love to support you in setting your children up for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
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