Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

What should I know about brushing my child's teeth?

Did you know that oral care for babies starts even before the first tooth arrives? It's true! Your Huntsville children's dentist recommends that parents wipe their baby's gums down with a warm washcloth after feedings to remove excess plaque and bacteria.

Brushing should start as soon as the first tooth arrives. Use a small toothbrush with soft bristles designed for infants. You can also use toothpaste that is safe to swallow. 

As your little one grows, they can start to brush on their own with your assistance and supervision. Around the age of three or four years old, you can include fluoride toothpaste in their brushing routine when they are able to spit.

Kids will need assistance brushing their teeth until they're about seven or eight years old. Even after they take over, it's good for parents to check on brushing technique and still supervise once in a while to make sure kids are successfully removing plaque from their teeth.

You can make oral home care fun for your son or daughter by including them in decisions about their toothbrush or toothpaste. Your children's dentist in Huntsville is also here to help if you have questions about your little one's dental care or you need more tips for their home care routine.

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