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Did you know that young children are like sponges for information and the more they are exposed to at a young age, the more perceptive they can be later on? With their oral health care, it is important to care for them every single day not only to protect their teeth and gums but also to ensure they can understand that is an important task they will use for the rest of their lives.

Keep your young one’s mouth happy and healthy. Here are some tips to help you:

What are some helpful tips to thwart tooth decay in children?
– Avoid sharing eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child consume sugary products. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

When can children begin brushing on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their parent believes that they can do so safely and effectively, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

TRUE or FALSE: Brushing a baby’s teeth should be done daily.
– This is true. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

When should you begin flossing a child’s teeth?
– A caretaker should begin to floss their child’s teeth the moment that two teeth grow in next to each other.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Dana Dental Arts. Be sure to visit Dr. Michael Dana and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Spearfish, South Dakota. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.