You can expect your child’s first baby teeth to erupt between 6-12 months of age, with their full set of primary teeth visible by age three. Even before your child’s first tooth erupts, it is important to wipe your child’s gums with a gum massager or clean damp washcloth. Once teeth do erupt, you should brush them twice a day using a child’s toothbrush with water or a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.
While it is, of course, important to keep your child’s teeth clean, be sure to also schedule an appointment for your child at the dentist within six months of their first tooth, and no later than their first birthday for an oral evaluation. During a children’s dental visit, their teeth will be cleaned, examined for decay, and any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth will be answered.
Remember, bringing your child to the dentist at a young age is vital in shaping their view of dental care. We want them to feel comfortable with the dentist, and understand that dental cleanings and check-ups are not scary!
In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important that your child follows proper oral care. This includes brushing their teeth twice a day, as well as flossing to keep their teeth and gums in tip-top shape. For children under three years old, a small amount of fluoride toothpaste should be used along with a child-sized toothbrush. Healthy habits start at a young age, which can help to save time, money, and teeth in the long run!