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Age Appropriate Dental Health Tips

0–2 years

  • Wipe gums with a washcloth after feeding. This will help get rid of the sticky coating called plaque that can cause tooth decay.
  • Brush teeth twice a day with water and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Schedule first dental appointment before first birthday.

3-5 Years

  • Start using fluoride toothpaste at age 3
  • Use only a pea-sized amount. Make sure your child spits it out after brushing.
  • Try to break thumb-sucking and pacifier habits by age 4.
  • Start visiting your dental team every 6 months.

6–9 years

  • Begin flossing as soon as teeth touch.
  • Let your child know that it’s normal for baby teeth to fall out. That’s how “grown-up” teeth come in.
  • Until children are able to practice proper oral health habits alone, parents should help their child brush and floss twice a day.
  • Always pay special attention to the back teeth, which may have more plaque.

10–12 years

  • Require children who play sports to wear a mouthguard to protect their smile.

13+ years

  • Parents can make the most of their teen’s interest in how they look by reminding them that a healthy smile and fresh breath will help them look and feel their best.

source: dentalcare.com website

 

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