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Caring for the mouth of a young infant begins before the first tooth has even broken the surface. Washing their mouths to prevent food and bacteria buildup is crucial for their oral health, and to prepare their gums for when the first tooth finally breaks the surface. As they age, continue to brush and floss their teeth until they can do so on their own safely and effectively.

The following frequently asked questions can help you in your quest to customize the oral health care for your children:

When can children start brushing on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caregiver believes that they can do so safely with ease, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

What are some helpful tips to protect children against tooth decay?
– Never share eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can destroy their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child consume products with high amounts of sugar in it. 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.

TRUE or FALSE: Babies do not need their teeth brushed until they are three years old.
– This is false. 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 start flossing a child’s teeth?
– Flossing your child’s teeth should begin as soon as 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 Meadowdale Dental Clinic. Be sure to visit Dr. Lois Lee and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Lynnwood, Washington. To schedule a visit, please call us at (425) 361-0842. The wait is over, come get your perfect smile today!