Before your baby's teeth erupt, use a soft, clean piece of gauze to clean your baby's gums after feeding. When the first tooth erupts, around 6 months, begin gently brushing twice a day with a very soft-bristled child-size toothbrush. Use a very small amount of children's fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). Make sure they spit out the toothpaste.
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For children age 3 to 6, brush their teeth twice a day regularly. Use a pea-sized amount of children's fluoride toothpaste. Make sure they spit out the toothpaste.
Continue to brush your child's teeth until you are sure that they can clean them safely and effectively themselves. Continue to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a child-sized toothbrush until their permanent teeth have grown in.
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As soon as a child has two teeth that are touching, they should begin to floss. An adult should floss for them until the child is old enough to safely and effectively floss on their own. This should be around age 6 or 7.
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As soon as a child's first tooth appears (usually 4 to 6 months of age), you should schedule a visit to your dentist. ADA guidelines suggest that the first dental visit should happen within 6 months of the first tooth eruption, and before their first birthday. If you child has had no teeth come in by 10 months, schedule a dental visit.
A baby is born with 20 primary (baby) teeth in their jaw. They usually begin coming through the gums 4 to 6 months of age. By age 3, most children will have a full set of 20 primary teeth. Tooth decay is the most common childhood dental problem, which leads to cavities, but it is preventable.
Sugary drinks are the most common cause of pediatric tooth decay and cavities.
Here are some tips to avoid cavities in children: