Caring for Children’s Teeth
PRIMARY TEETH CARE
A Child’s baby teeth (called primary teeth) are very important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help the child pronounce words and chew. Most children have a set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are the age of three. Tooth decay can occur as soon as the teeth appear in the baby’s mouth. We welcome your children at any time for your concerns or questions.
CARING FOR CHILDREN’S TEETH
Experts recommend brushing children’s teeth 2 times a day with flossing 1 time a day. Only a pea-size amount of any toothpaste should ever be used. From infants to approximately 12 years old, an adult should assist the child with brushing. First allow the child to brush, then the adult gets a turn to brush teeth the child cannot reach.
After eruption of a tooth, use an infant tooth brush with non-fluoride toothpaste to clean the tooth/teeth and massage the gums.
Select an age appropriate brush for toddlers. Use non-fluoride toothpaste.
GRADE SCHOOLERS (up to 12 years):
Select both age and type specific toothbrush (ex. Orthodontic brush). If the child is able to spit, toothpaste with fluoride is recommended.
- Try to make brushing and flossing fun!
- Play games.
- Use timers
- Use fun brushes.
- Brushing leads to a lifetime of a healthy mouth.
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