A soft washcloth wrapped around your finger can suffice for a brush when teeth first appear. Your dentist will tell you when you should switch to a soft-bristle toothbrush
Here are some tips for taking care of your child’s teeth:
- Select a very small, soft-bristled brush and soak in warm water a few minutes before brushing. This will soften the bristles even more.
- The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice as soon as your baby’s first tooth appears. You can increase to a pea-sized amount when your child turns 3 years old.
- Brush your child’s teeth at least twice per day for at least 2 minutes. Don’t forget to concentrate on the back molars, an area where cavities are likely to first develop
- Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months
- Never share a toothbrush with others. Most brushes can be placed in a dishwasher for cleaning off bacteria.
- Teach your child to floss once per day or use floss sticks.
- Visit your dentist at least twice per year for an exam, x-ray and fluoride treatments, especially if your drinking water is not fluoridated.
- Don’t forget to ask your pediatric dentist about dental sealants. Sealants help to protect enamel from decay by acting as a thin, plastic barrier to fill in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
If you have any questions regarding the tips above, please don’t hesitate to call us at 941-953-4288 or email us at SarasotaSmile@Gmail.com.
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