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How important are milk teeth?

a healthy mouth starts with healthy milk teethYou should start thinking about, and taking steps to protect, your child’s milk teeth as soon as they first appear. For most babies, milk teeth start to appear around age 6 months, but some children don’t have their first tooth until they are 12 or 14 months old.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is the term often used for tooth decay in infants and toddlers. The bad news is that in some cases, the decay in milk teeth can be so severe that the teeth cannot be saved. The good news, however, is that tooth decay in children is preventable.

When should you begin brushing milk teeth?

If your child is younger than 3 years, you should begin brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to appear. Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (no more than the size of a grain of rice). Brush teeth thoroughly every morning and evening. If you need help, please call us for advice!

When your child is between 3 and 6 years of age, use a bit more fluoride toothpaste. Put a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush.  rush teeth thoroughly every morning and evening. We recommend monitoring your child while they brushing. Remind your child not to swallow the toothpaste. If you need help, please call us for advice!

To make brushing more fun at home, you might want to get help from some of these fun videos.

When should you begin flossing your child’s milk teeth?

When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

Scheduling the first visit to the dentist

As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The ADA recommends that your child have a first visit with the dentist within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child’s first birthday.

In the first visit, the dentist will check your child’s mouth, growth and oral development, but the first visit is also about getting your child off to a good start with lifelong healthy habits! In the visit, we’ll strive to make your child comfortable and to make the visit a fun and positive experience.

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