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Cleanings for Kids

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When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

It is good to begin before they even get their first tooth. Gently wipe off the gums and tongue after each feeding with a warm, wet wash cloth wrapped around your finger. You also can buy thimble-like, soft rubbery devices that fit over your index finger.
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. If your child continuously goes to sleep with milk or other liquids in the mouth, tooth decay (cavities) can develop.

Once the child has teeth, a small infant toothbrush can be used to clean the teeth.

What about flossing my child's teeth?

Flossing should start as soon as the gaps between the teeth start to close, usually around 6 years old.

How much toothpaste and when to start using it?

Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt with a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.

Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then use a pea-size dollop. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively and therefore need assistance. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste.

Are baby teeth really that important?

Baby teeth not only help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path for the adult teeth to follow when they are ready to erupt. If a baby tooth is lost due to decay or accident before it is time for the adult tooth to come in, a simple appliance called a space maintainer may be needed to hold the area open for the adult tooth.

What are the consequences of thumb-sucking and pacifier habits?

Most children stop thumb and pacifier sucking habits on their own, and it does not become a problem. However, if your child is still sucking thumbs or fingers or using a pacifier past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended to help stop the habit. If the behavior continues past this point, the development of the upper jaw can be affected.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Call your dentist, and give the child a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol), if he or she has no issues with these pain relievers. Visit the ER or an urgent care center, if necessary (especially if areas are swollen).

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