Dental Hygiene for Kids

Cleaning Primary Teeth for Optimal Oral Health

From birth to 12 months, you should gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean baby washcloth or gauze. When the first tooth appears, clean the surface using a baby toothbrush and water. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the best time to clean your baby’s teeth is after breakfast and before bedtime. For children 12-24 months of age, use a child-size toothbrush and a pea-size amount of toothpaste. Unless fluoridated toothpaste is explicitly recommended by your dentist or pediatrician, it is best not to use it until your child can safely spit to prevent ingestion of excessive amounts of toothpaste. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring substance that is very effective in preventing tooth decay. If you do not live in a community that supplements the drinking water with fluoride, your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a fluoride supplement. For children with a low risk of developing early childhood caries, supplements are not recommended, and other sources of fluoride should be sought.

Source: Dental Hygiene for Kids

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