Oral Hygiene for Babies and Young Children

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Do you have a young one who is beginning to show signs of teething or a child who is becoming self-aware and learning the basics in life? At this time, their oral health care treatments are paramount not only for protecting their teeth and gums from the ravages of the world to come, but also to ensure they begin to understand and accept the importance of cleaning their teeth daily. The following guidelines can help:

What are some helpful tips to avoid tooth decay in children?
– Never share eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be placed on them. Also, never let a young child consume sugary substances. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

TRUE or FALSE: Brushing a baby’s teeth is necessary.
– This is true. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

When should children start brushing on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caretaker believes that they can do so safely and effectively, which includes knowing not to eat any toothpaste.

At what age should you start flossing a child’s teeth?
– A caretaker should begin to floss their child’s teeth wherever two teeth grow in next to each other.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Dentists at Memorial Park. Be sure to visit Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Houston, Texas. To schedule a visit, please call us at 713-861-8323. Come in today, and show off your better smile tomorrow!