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New Look Dental It’s especially important to start good oral hygiene practices with your kids at a very young age. Instilling these good habits in your children young will enable them to have a beautiful, bright smile for years to come! Teeth come in as early as six months of age and that’s a perfect time to get your child used to brushing their teeth. As their first baby teeth start to emerge, use a soft toothbrush and water to brush them, toothpaste isn’t necessary at this time.

Twenty to twenty-four months is a good time to introduce toothpaste to your child’s brushing routine. Brush twice a day with a small amount of toothpaste and teach them to spit out the foam! Schedule your child’s first dentist visit between one and three years of age.

Between the ages of three and four, the roots of the baby teeth begin to dissolve to allow room for permanent teeth. This is also a good age to introduce flossing and should be done about once a day. Limiting snacks and eating a balanced diet will help prevent cavities at this age. Furthermore, if your child is still sucking his or her thumb by age four, encourage them to stop as thumbsucking after age four can lead to crooked, crowded teeth, and/or bite problems.

New Look Dental Ages six through twelve mark the loss of your child’s baby teeth. Although baby teeth are not permanent, they are still vital for eating, speaking, jaw growth and the formation of permanent teeth. At this age you may use disclosing tablets, which highlight plaque left on teeth, to help your child with a more thorough brush.

Here are some excellent tips to help your child with brushing their teeth!

  • Make teeth brushing fun instead of it feeling like a chore. A great way to do this is to buy your child a fun, playful toothbrush!
  • Start by allowing your child to brush their own teeth so that they can feel independent. Be sure to supervise your child whenever they brush their own teeth.
  • Use only a pea-size of kid friendly toothpaste. More than that is usually too much for a small child.

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