Do you brush your child’s teeth every day? Even though your child will not be able to brush their teeth effectively until around 6 years of age, it is important to immediately begin brushing their teeth as soon as they peak above the gum line. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they begin to grow up, encourage them to practice on their own until you are confident they can do so by themselves safely and efficiently.
Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing instructions for infants and young children:
– Bacteria can easily be passed to your child through brushing tools or other objects that you share with your child, so try to avoid sharing products between uses until they have been cleaned.
– The child’s first examination with their pediatrician should occur before they turn 1 years old.
– For children under 3 years old, use a rice-sized dab of toothpaste, and for children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste.
– Brushing your child’s teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth peaks above the gum line, which typically occurs between 6-10 months of age.
– Your child’s diet is really important not only for their oral health but for their physical and mental growth as well.
Please call Lakeview Dental Care so we can get you in to see Dr. Jeffrey Brink and our team as soon as possible. Our pediatric office is located in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, and we can be reached at 810-231-2288. We look forward to seeing your child smile bright this season.