Even though your child will not be able to brush their teeth effectively until around 6 years of age, it is important to immediately begin brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to appear. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they begin to grow up, encourage them to practice on their own until you are confident they can do so by themselves safely and effectively. Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing tips for infants and young children:
– Brushing your child’s teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts above the gum line. This usually occurs between 6-10 months of age.
– The child’s first visit to their dentist for an oral examination should occur before they turn 1 years old.
– For children under 3 years old, use a rice-sized dab of toothpaste. For children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste.
– Always make sure your child’s toothpaste has been approved by their dentist or has the ADA Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association.
– Bacteria can easily be passed to your child through brushing utensils or other objects that you share with your child, so try to avoid sharing products between uses until they have been cleaned.
– Your child’s diet is extremely important not only for their oral health but for their physical and mental growth as well.
– Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day or as directed by their dentist.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child with Killeen Children’s Dental Center at our pediatric office in Harker Heights, TX, please contact us at (254) 262-3131. Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Van Arsdall, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Shoptaw, and Dr. Shook and our team want to help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile.