When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

Posted by Gresham Family Dentistry on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Taking Care Of Your Baby’s Teeth

There are a lot of new things to learn when you’re a parent for the first time, and often first time parents can feel overwhelmed. That is why Gresham Family Dentistry is dedicated to offering Gresham families and first-time parents the best in family dentistry services. At Gresham Family Dentistry, offering the best in family dentistry services means more than just servicing our Gresham patients while they’re here with us. We also want to make sure that Gresham parents have all the information they need to keep their children’s dental health.

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

Many Gresham parents aren’t sure when to start brushing their child’s teeth, and some may even find the answer surprising. The truth is you should be cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear, which is usually around 6 months of age. Cleaning and brushing teeth removes plaque (the build-up on teeth) that causes tooth decay, which is exactly what Gresham Family Dentistry aims to do when you come in for our family dentistry services. Therefore you should start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear.

You can start cleaning your baby’s teeth by wiping with a soft cloth or brushing with a small soft toothbrush and water. At 18 months start using a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth. Encourage your child to spit out toothpaste after brushing, but not rinse. Clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums twice a day (after breakfast and before bed). Children will need an adult to help them brush their teeth until about 7 or 8 years of age.

Don’t forget to bring your child in for family dentistry services with Gresham Family Dentistry!

Get All The Best Family Dentistry Services And Advice Through Gresham Family Dentistry

Be proactive about your oral health – schedule an appointment today for an oral checkup for your baby with Gresham Family Dentistry. At Gresham Family Dentistry, our priority is your comfort. We provide quality dental services for the entire family including sedation dentistry, children’s dentistry, oral surgery, dental cleanings, and more!

Our hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM and Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

To schedule a visit, contact us or call 503-661-2600.


Categories: Baby Teeth, Brushing tips, Childrens Dental, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Tips For Parents, Family Dentistry

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