When Do You Start Brushing Your Kid’s Teeth?

When do you start brushing kids’ teeth? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends starting to brush their teeth as soon as their first tooth appears.

While this is a common question among parents, it’s an important one to understand in order to start teaching good dental hygiene at an early age.

Dental Care Should Start Early for Baby Teeth

Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, you can begin caring for their gums. You can wipe away bacteria and plaque using a soft washcloth, piece of gauze, or a gentle toothbrush. This can help reduce the risk of infections when your child begins teething.

After their first tooth appears, the AAPD recommends you bring your child to see the dentist. By taking your child to the dentist at an early age, the dentist can help make sure your children’s teeth come in healthy and strong with regular dental cleanings and X-rays.

Your child’s dentist can also work with you to teach you how to keep their teeth clean and healthy in between visits. It’s recommended to start small with just a soft toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. As more teeth come in and your child gets older, you can slowly begin increasing the amount of toothpaste.

If you think your child is ready to see the dentist, come visit your local Kool Smiles. With over 120 locations nationwide, our dentists are available to help your child grow strong, healthy teeth to last a lifetime.

Kool Smiles Cares for Your Child’s Teeth

If you’re wondering when to start brushing your kid’s teeth, Kool Smiles can help. Our general and pediatric dentists are experienced in working with children and we have resources available to help both parents and kids learn proper brushing and flossing techniques to help maintain a beautiful smile.

For more information about your child’s developing teeth or dental hygiene, call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Sources:

AADP: http://www.aapd.org/resources/frequently_asked_questions/

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/caring-babies-teeth

Delta Dental: https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/first-visit-to-dentist.html