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Taking Care of Tiny Teeth

Many parents are unsure exactly how much dental care their kids need.  Here are some helpful tips to help keep your child’s teeth healthy:

  • Good dental care should begin before your baby’s first tooth appears.  Even before your baby starts teething, wipe their gums with a clean, damp cloth to clear away bacteria.  This will help get your child used to a daily oral routine.

  • Never put your child to bed with a bottle filled with milk, formula or juice.

  • Begin to gently brush your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Choose a small, child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles and use a tiny bit of child’s toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice).

  • Hold off on using fluoride toothpaste until your child is about 2 years old, when they can learn to spit extra out and not swallow it.  For those under 2, simply use plain water or special fluoride-free toothpaste for young children. 

  • Start flossing your child’s teeth once per day as soon as two of their teeth touch each other. 

  • Kids ages 3 and up should use a small amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush – about the size of a green pea, or your child’s pinky fingernail.

  • Follow the 2min2x rule.  Brush your child’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and right before bedtime, for two minutes each time.  Brush the front, back and top of their teeth, as well as their tongue.  Be sure to concentrate on back molars, where cavities often first develop.

  • Replace your child’s toothbrush (and your own!) every 3-4 months.  Sooner if it shows signs of wear or if they’ve been sick.

At Lakeshore Dental, we recommend that you bring your child in for their first checkup at about 2-3 years of age.  At this appointment they can sit in the chair and we can count their teeth, check for cavities and answer any questions you may have.  This is a great way for them to become comfortable in our office before their first hygiene visit.

The key to starting your child on a path to great oral hygiene is teaching them the importance of taking care of their teeth each and every day.  Right off the bat, work together to establish a clear routine.  Stick to it!  Make brushing part of their morning and bedtime routine.