Are you properly cleaning your child’s teeth? 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 begin to appear. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they age, encourage them to practice on their own until you are confident they can do so by themselves safely and effectively.
Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing tactics for infants and young children:
– The child’s first visit to their pediatrician for an oral examination should take place before they turn 1 years old.
– Brushing your child’s teeth should start as soon as the first tooth erupts above the gum line, which typically occurs between 6-10 months of age.
– For children under 3 years old, use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste, and for children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
– Bacteria can simply be passed to your child through brushing utensils or other objects that you share with your child, so try to avoid sharing products between uses until they have been cleaned.
– Your child’s diet is extremely important not only for their oral health but for their physical and mental progress as well.
Always make time in your life to visit your child’s pediatrician at Boyle Dentistry for a bi-annual professional cleaning, and if necessary, to book an appointment with Dr. Jay P. Boyle for a detailed exam of your child’s oral health. You can reach our pediatric office in Mechanicsville, Virginia, by calling us at 804-569-0530. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!