Kids’ Dental Care Habits Must Start at Home

Here are some useful tips:

Even before your baby starts teething, use a clean, damp piece of gauze over the gums to clear away harmful germs and bacteria.

When your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush using water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) for your baby if younger than three years old.

When two of your baby’s teeth are in contact (touch) , you can begin flossing them.

For Kids older than three, you should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

It is important to supervise kids younger than eight years old while brushing, because of possibility of swallowing the toothpaste.

Putting babies to sleep with a bottle can damage their teeth. Sugar from drinks such as juices or milk can stay on a baby’s teeth while they are asleep might weaken the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth that protects against tooth cavities). This can lead to what’s called “baby bottle tooth decay.” If this occurs, the front teeth might get discolored, decayed and pitted.

When kids are older than 6 months, switch from a bottle to a cup with a straw for drinking.

By their first birthday, babies have the motor skills to drink with the cup on their own.