In the first year of your child’s life, a lot of changes happen. From making the switch from formula to table food, to walking and talking, it seems as parents we must always be ready for the next big step. Dental care is something that many of us don’t think about during this crucial time, however, it’s extremely important!
If you’ve ever asked yourself when your child should start brushing their teeth, the answer might surprise you. Below is the breakdown of when your little one should be developing an oral health routine.
- Before your child’s first tooth makes an appearance, oral health routines should begin. This includes wiping their gums with a damp cloth or gauze pad.
- Even though baby teeth eventually fall out, they should still be cared for as if they were your child’s lifelong set of teeth. Research has shown that children who have cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop them in their adult life.
- When your child’s teeth start to come in, it’s time to start brushing their teeth with a soft bristled brush for two minutes, two times a day. Be sure to use a little water and a dab of toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Once your child turns age three, you can begin using about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing fluoride.
If you have any questions about your child’s oral health routine, contact Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II. Our friendly staff is here to answer any questions you have! To learn more about our pediatric dental practice, visit www.supermolar.com.
Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II has two convenient locations located in Commack and Medford in Suffolk County Long Island. We have a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients comfortable at all times. Should you have any questions about your child’s oral health, we encourage you to contact us or visit www.supermolar.com.