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Caring for the teeth and gums is highly important for the health of the mouth. When a child is too young to care for their teeth on their own, it is the parents’ responsibility to see to his or her oral hygiene.

Your child’s dental hygiene should begin at an early age. Before his or her teeth come in, wipe the baby’s gums with a clean, wet gauze or cloth after every feeding. As soon as his or her first tooth comes in, the tooth should be brushed.

When brushing your baby’s teeth, use a soft-bristled, child toothbrush. If you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before their first birthday, consult with Dr. Dennis Burrell. If your child has risk for cavities and is younger than two years old, use a smear of toothpaste that is smaller than pea sized. For a child that is two to five years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as they have two teeth that are next to each other.

Once your child is six to eight years old, they can begin brushing without supervision. Consider inspecting your child’s mouth after they brush to see if they are missing any areas. Encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months.

To learn more about your child’s dental hygiene in University Place, Washington, and to schedule his or her next appointment, please contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today. Our dentist and team are excited to get to know you and your family!