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How to Care for Your Child's Teeth
Parents often have questions about how to take care of their children's teeth. When should you start brushing? What kind of toothpaste is best? When should you go to the dentist? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you keep your kids' teeth healthy and cavity free.
Although you don't necessarily need to brush them yet, you should start cleaning your infant's teeth as soon as he gets his first tooth. At first, you can just use a wash cloth to clean your infant's teeth. As he gets more, you can use a soft children's toothbrush.
Because there is some danger if your child gets too much fluoride, your choice of toothpaste is important. Keep in mind that most brands of kids' toothpaste are fluoridated. They just have different flavors and popular characters on them to make them more fun for children, but that doesn't make it safe for your children to swallow too much of the toothpaste.
If using fluoride toothpaste, use a small, pea-size amount of toothpaste, so that there is little danger of your child getting too much fluoride if he swallows it.
And begin to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste at a young age.
The other alternative for younger children is to use a non-fluoridated toothpaste, until they are spitting the toothpaste out.
Water filters are a special concern, because some of them do filter out fluoride. Counter top filters and the pitcher type filters usually don't remove fluoride, but more sophisticated, point of use filters can. If in doubt, check with the manufacturer to see if the filter removes fluoride.
You should also talk with your dentist about using sealants in your school age child. A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the teeth, hardens, and provides a barrier against plaque and other harmful substances. Sealants can be applied to the 1st and 2nd permanent molars to help protect the grooves and pits of these teeth that can be hard to clean and are prone to developing cavities, and appropriate premolars as soon as possible after they erupt (usually after 6 years of age).
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Infant Oral Health Care Information
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Birth to 6 months
Clean mouth with gauze after feedings and at bedtime.
Ask your pediatrician or pediatric dentist about fluoride supplement
Regulate feeding habits
6 to 12 Months
First tooth should appear; time to see the pediatric dentist for an exam.
Begin to brush teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with small, soft-bristled brush using a NON-fluoridated infants tooth and gum cleaner. Our office will be happy to give you a brand name, just call! Swallowing fluoridated toothpaste at a young age can lead to fluorosis (discoloration) of your child's permanent teeth.
Wean from breast or bottle by first birthday.
12 to 24 Months
Follow schedule of exams and cleanings recommended by pediatric dentist.
Continue using NON-fluoridated infants toothpaste.
Most Primary teeth have erupted
24 Months Plus
Start to use a fluoridated toothpaste ONLY when child has learned to spit it out and is able to effectively rinse afterwards.
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