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Have you been properly caring for your child’s smile? Even though your child will not be able to brush their teeth successfully on their own until around 6 years of age, it is important to immediately begin brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to appear. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they grow older, encourage them to practice on their own until you are confident they can do so by themselves safely and effectively.

Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing techniques for infants and young children:

– For children under 3 years old, use a rice-sized bit of toothpaste, and for children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized bit of toothpaste.
– The child’s first visit to their pediatrician for an oral examination should transpire before they turn 1 years old.
– Your child’s diet is extremely important not only for their oral health but for their physical and mental development as well.
– Bacteria can straightforwardly be passed to your child through brushing utensils or other objects that you share with your child, so try to avoid sharing products between uses until they have been cleaned.
– Brushing your child’s teeth should commence as soon as the first tooth erupts above the gum line, which typically occurs between 6-10 months of age.

If you are in need of an oral health care treatment for your child from our team at Snowy River Dental at our pediatric office in Bellevue, Idaho, please contact us at 208-788-2006 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Danton Bradshaw. The path to a healthy smile starts today!