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How to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Healthy

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.

Age 3-6:

  • 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.

KN Dentistry – Orange, CA – (714) 633-2562

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