Taking care of the child's smile from the time the first teeth come in the oral cavity


Taking Care of Your Child’s Smile, Teeth, and Oral Cavity

As soon as the first teeth erupt in a child's oral cavity, they need attention and care.  According to American Dental Association, the baby should visit the dentist soon after the first tooth comes in and no later than the child’s first birthday.

As soon as the first tooth erupts, start brushing your child’s mouth using a toothbrush designed for children.

The first visit to the dentist provides a chance to check for tooth decay, discuss other conditions or habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, etc, that may affect the teeth.

Only an amount about the size of a grain of rice of toothpaste should be given on the toothbrush of children younger than 3 years.  For children 3 to 6 years of age, you should place no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride containing toothpaste on the toothbrush.

Brush the child’s teeth gently twice every day (morning and night) or as directed by your dentist.

Fluoride helps in strengthening and remineralizing the developing tooth enamel, helping it fight tooth decay in the future.  After teeth erupt, topical fluoride, such as that in fluoride toothpaste and rinses, helps in remineralization of tooth enamel from the outside.  In this way, topical fluoride can even reverse the beginning of tooth decay.  Although fluoride toothpaste is a good source of topical fluoride, it should not be swallowed.

Regular check-ups allow your dentist to identify problems, such as tooth decay, and begin treatment as soon as possible.

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