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February – Oral Health
Just because baby teeth fall out doesn’t mean they are not important! Baby teeth help your child chew, speak, and hold space for permanent teeth. Your child’s gums are also important as poor dental health can lead to gum bleeding, puffiness, and recession, all which are painful. Here are some helpful tips to practice good dental health with your little ones!·
Wipe your newborns gums with a clean damp cloth at least once a day.
When your child’s first tooth appears begin brushing with a small soft children’s toothbrush. ·
Brush in a circular motion and don’t forget the gums! ·
When your child is between the age 2-3 start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Supervise your child and teach them how to spit toothpaste instead of swallowing. ·
Children tend to bite toothbrushes making them frayed, worn, and not effective for brushing. Make sure you replace your child’s toothbrush every 3-4 months or when there is excessive wear.
Schedule your child’s first dental appointment at the age of one or when their first tooth comes in and every 6 months following. Make dental visits a positive experience by talking with your child before every visit about what to expect.
Children’s Oral Health
Gum Disease in Children
Preventing Tooth Decay in Children