Mouth Healthy, a division of the American Dental Association (ADA), provides tips for parents on proper teeth brushing for their children. The ADA emphasizes that it's important to brush children's teeth from a young age and continue to encourage these habits as they get older.
Here are some guidelines, broken down by age:
- You can clean your baby's mouth as early as the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean and moist gauze pad or washcloth. At six months of age, a baby's front four teeth normally appear, although some children won't have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
- For children younger than three years, parents should help their kid brush their teeth as soon as they come in. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste no larger than the size of a grain of rice. Brushing should happen twice per day, in the morning and evening.
- For children three to six years of age, you should use a slightly larger amount of fluoride toothpaste. They should also brush teeth twice per day. At this stage, still be sure to supervise children's brushing and remind them that they shouldn't swallow the toothpaste.
- Teeth brushing is an important habit for your children's oral and overall health. As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, they should also begin flossing their teeth daily.
The American Association of Orthodontists (ADA) recommends that your child has an orthodontic appointment before their seventh birthday.
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