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How Should You Care for Your Child’s Early Tooth Brushing Needs?

February 27, 2017

Caring for your child’s teeth should begin as soon as you see signs of teeth breaking the surface of their gums. This usually occurs when they are roughly 6 to 10 months of age. At this point, their teeth are exposed to the elements and bacteria can damage them.

For children under 3 years of age, only a small amount of toothpaste is required per session, roughly an amount the size of a rice grain. As they age, large portions can be used. From around 3 to 6 years of age, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste will suffice. After they turn 3, try to make sure they do not eat the toothpaste. Also, make sure that the toothpaste has been approved by their dentist or features the ADA Seal of Acceptance given by the American Dental Association.

Never share eating or brushing utensils with your child. Doing so can easily contaminate the utensil and share bacteria between yourself and your child. If you must share any utensils with the child, be sure they are cleaned between uses.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child with Safari Dental, simply call our pediatric office at (979) 985-3093 to visit us in Bryan, Texas. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Dustin and the rest of our team look forward to helping begin your child’s oral health care so it can shine brightly for many years to come!