Childrens’ teeth should be cleaned as soon as they emerge. By starting early, your child gets used to a daily routine. A soft washcloth wrapped around your finger can substitute for a brush when teeth first appear.
Most children lack the coordination to brush or floss their teeth on their own until about the age of 6 or 7. Up until this time, remember that the best way to teach a child how to brush their teeth is to lead by example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.
Many children's toothpastes are flavored with child-pleasing tastes to further encourage brushing. Select your child's favorite. We recommend a toothpaste which carries the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. Finally, read the manufacturer's label, some toothpastes are not recommended for children under a certain age.
We generally recommend a child is seen for an initial exam by the age of two. Parents and dentists each play an important role in making the first dental experience a positive experience.
To help your child’s visit go more smoothly:
While it is true that primary teeth are only in the mouth a short period of time, they play a vital role: