YOUR CHILD'S TEETH
A common question we hear at Castle Hill Family Dental
Practice is when should I begin cleaning my child's teeth?
Once your child's teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning
them by wiping them with a moist washcloth. As your child gets more
teeth, you can begin to use a soft child's toothbrush. You should
use just a pea-size amount of a fluoride toothpaste or a non-fluoride
toothpaste (like Baby OraGel) until your child is able to spit it
out (too much fluoride can stain their teeth).
Running a damp washcloth over your baby's gums
following feedings can prevent build-up of damaging bacteria. Once
your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a soft
child's toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day.
Regular dental checkups, a balanced diet, fluoride,
injury prevention, habit control, and brushing and flossing are
all important for healthy teeth.
Exploring good dental
habits now with your children will help them grow up with happy
and healthy smiles.