Keep your children smiling! You can keep your child from getting tooth decay by starting dental care at an early age. Here's what you need to know to keep that beautiful smile healthy.
At first, you only need to wipe your baby’s gums after feeding to prevent the spread of bacteria. As soon as teeth begin to show through the gums, you should begin lightly brushing their teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. If you think your child is ready for their first appointment, click here to schedule one.
For children under the age of 3, use a small amount of toothpaste - roughly the size of a grain of rice. After age 3, use a pea sized amount of low fluoride toothpaste. Always remind them to avoid swallowing toothpaste.
Adults are supposed to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once or twice each day – and so are kids. Model good habits and talk to your child about the importance of dental hygiene.
Your child will typically lose their first tooth when they are 5-7 years old. It may be scary and/or uncomfortable for your child, so be sure to prepare them for this exciting event!
Smaller brush heads can make it easier for kids to reach all their teeth and do a more thorough job of cleaning them. Toothpastes and mouthwashes that are created for children are more likely to encourage children to see dental care as a fun and positive thing.
Your child should stop using their pacifier by age 2 or 3, otherwise it can have long-term effects on their teeth.
Encourage your children to have a diet filled with fruits and vegetables for optimal teeth quality.
Encourage your child to drink lots of tap water. Most tap water has fluoride in it, which will protect your child from tooth decay. Bottled water may not contain fluoride.
Avoid giving your child juice, formula or milk before a nap or bedtime - the liquids will cling to their teeth and feed the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
They should go about every six months for routine cleanings and check ups. This is good for their teeth, and can help build your child’s comfort level with the dentist.