Kids’ Dental Care Habits Must Start at Home
The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. Here is what you can do at home to start healthy habits:
- Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth.
- A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t get their first tooth until 1 year or so. Be sure to start brushing these teeth in a gentle circular motion as soon as they erupt.
- It is recommended that parents continue to clean their child’s teeth until they have developed the fine motor coordination to brush properly and ability to spit out toothpaste, typically around age 7 or 8.
- For children under the age of 3, use a small smear of training toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day. Children should start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste at the age of 3. It is recommended that training toothpaste, which does not contain fluoride, be used until children are fully spitting out and not swallowing any paste.
- We can give you further guidance on the proper usage of both at home and in-office fluorides for your child at their first appointment, we look forward to seeing you!
For more information, give us a call or check out the ADA’s MouthHealthy website.