Appropriate Tooth Care

Proper dental care is critical for children to learn. Bad habits learned in childhood can carry over into adulthood and cause expensive dental damage in the future. It is a good idea to take care of your baby’s mouth even before the teeth erupt. Developing good dental care habits should start at a young age.

Before baby teeth erupt, wipe down your baby’s gums with a clean damp cloth. This helps keep gums cleans and removes plaque. When a few teeth have erupted, you can start using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children when they are old enough to spit out toothpaste and only use a pea sized amount. Flossing begins when there is contact between two adjacent teeth.

Help brush your child’s teeth until they are able to brush themselves, usually around age 8 or when they can tie their own shoelaces.