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Did you know that a child’s mouth is home to a wide variety of bacteria? Of course, because children love to stick anything they can grab directly into it. However, we often still neglect their teeth despite knowing the dangers that these bacteria can have on their teeth and gums.

Don’t let your child suffer from improper oral health care. Listed below are some commonly asked questions and suggestions about children and their teeth.

TRUE or FALSE: Brushing a baby’s teeth is not required.
– This is false. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

How do you know when to begin flossing a child’s teeth?
– A caretaker should begin to floss their child’s teeth when two teeth grow in next to each other.

At what age should a child first start to brush on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caretaker believes that they can do so safely and successfully, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

What are some helpful instructions to prevent tooth decay in children?
– Never share eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child drink products that include sugar. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Harmony Family Dental. Be sure to visit Dr. Debra Craig and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Spokane, Washington. To schedule a visit, please call us at 509-467-1562. Let us craft you the smile you’ve been waiting for!