Dental Care for Babies & Toddlers

Dental Care for Babies & Toddlers

Baby teeth, baby's first dental visit

Beautiful Baby Teeth! Dentists are often asked when parents should take a child for their first dental visit and when to begin brushing their child’s teeth. The simple answer is that parents are encouraged to have their child visit a pediatric dentist as soon as teeth emerge. At the same time, teeth should be cleaned using a recommended home hygiene regimen. By introducing good habits at an early age, your baby gets used to a daily routine.

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

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