You can expect your baby’s teeth to begin erupting between six months to one year of age. Even before their teeth erupt, you can start cleaning the gums with a warm washcloth.
Once a tooth erupts, you can start brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled infant toothbrush and just a dab of fluoridated children’s toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice).
Once a child turns two, you can use a “pea-sized” smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure never to put your child to sleep with a bottle of milk or formula, as this can lead to early childhood tooth decay!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry…Opens a new window to the AAPD website… recommends that your child see a pediatric dentist no later than their first birthday. This will give Dr. Bright the opportunity to educate you on home oral hygiene and provide dietary counseling that can help your child avoid cavities.
We’ll discuss dental milestones to expect as your child grows and their needs change. Establishing a dental relationship early on will allow your child to become more comfortable in the clinic setting.