Keeping That Smile Clean

It has been documented that oral health care habits established as a child will have an impact on that persons health as an adult. Preventative dental care makes it possible for children to reach adulthood without ever experiencing tooth decay. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Specific hygiene recommendations vary by the child’s age. Here are some general guidelines to help your child enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles:
***For children under the age of two, brush their teeth with water.
***For children over the age of two, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush is all a child needs. Be sure that your child spits out and does not swallow the toothpaste.
***By age seven, children may be able to brush their own teeth, but may require supervision until age 10 or 11. Also, at that age, your child should be able to clean between his or her teeth with floss.
Choose a child-size toothbrush for ease of use and replace it every three or four months. Ask your child’s dentist or hygienist about proper flossing and mouth care techniques.


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