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Tooth brushing for kids is vital. Not only are kids often at increased risk for cavities, but if their baby teeth are not cared for, it increases the chance that their adult teeth cannot grow in properly. As soon as the first tooth breaks the surface of the gums, you should begin caring for it. Look below for some common treatments and tips to help assist your child with their teeth:

What are some helpful tips to prevent tooth decay in children?
– Never swap eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child drink sugary substances. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

TRUE or FALSE: Babies don’t need to have their teeth brushed.
– This is false. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

When is a good time to start flossing a child’s teeth?
– A caretaker should begin to floss their child’s teeth as soon as two teeth grow in next to each other.

When should a child first begin to brush on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caretaker believes that they can do so safely and effectively, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Family Dental Care of New Castle. Be sure to visit Dr. Seth Conley and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in New Castle, Indiana. To schedule a visit, please call us at 765-529-4300. We look forward to seeing you soon!