At some time in a child’s life between 6 to 10 months of age, their first little pearly whites begin to pop up above the surface of their gums. When that day arrives, it is important from then on to clean their mouth every single day until there are old enough to do the job themselves. This includes brushing their teeth daily, bringing them into the pediatric dentist for routine checkups and examinations, and ensuring they are eating right.
When your child is younger than 3 years old, it is important to use a small amount of toothpaste. Typically, a rice-sized dab of toothpaste will suffice. Make sure to rub softly and gently with their toothbrush so that they are not injured and to ensure that all areas of their mouths are effectively brushed. In addition, replace their toothbrushes as they wear out.
Never share toothbrushes with your child, and never let your child use your toothbrush. This can lead to numerous bacteria and germs contaminating your child’s brush and mouth, which can open them up to further dental damage. In addition, always store their toothbrush in an open area that is free of moisture and not touching any other toothbrushes. Typically, strive for brushing your child’s teeth twice every day.
No matter the pediatric treatments your child is in need of, Dr. William D. Steinhauer and our team at Dentistry for Children are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our office in San Antonio, Texas, please call us at 210-432-1510 to speak with a member of our team.