It is important to begin brushing your baby’s first teeth as soon as they come in. The AAPD recommends brushing that first tooth with a tiny smear of fluoridated toothpaste so that the fluoride is being taken up in those teeth that are just erupting. “Move to a pea-size [of toothpaste] when they are toddlers.” By developing good oral hygiene at an early age, you are setting them up for success!
Lead By Example.
Show them the importance of taking care of their teeth by taking care of yours: brushing, flossing, and having regular visits to the dentist for cleaning. They will see what you do as important and will be encouraged to follow suit.
Make Brushing Fun and Easy.
Think of a favorite song to add to the brushing routine - one that is two minutes long would be great! This could be a fun song that they look forward to hearing you sing every night while getting ready for bed. Also, make it easy by adding a step stool to the bathroom so they can reach the sink better. Make sure to keep toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss within easy reach.
Take them to see their Pediatric Dentist regularly.
It is important for children to go to the dentist every six months beginning at age one. When established early, this routine will become normal. This is a habit that will naturally remain important as they grow.
By bringing your child to Pediatric Dental Group & Orthodontics, our doctors and staff can help make sure they have a positive and fun visit! Our desire is that they will look forward with excitement on future dental visits and truly enjoy being a part of our practice! It is our goal to help them feel comfortable and to remove any anxieties they may have. We are here to partner with you to help your child want to develop these healthy habits.