February is “National Kids Dental Health Month”

February is “National Kids Dental Health Month.” Here are some guidelines for good dental health for your child: Children should brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean between their teeth daily. Children should eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks. Children should see a dentist regularly for preventive and treatment of oral health disease. 

The following are guidelines for the ages when children can begin to make dental care part of their routine:

Ages 4—24 months:

• Every child should have their first dental appointment before age 1.

• You should wash their gums with a washcloth after each feeding.

• You can brush new teeth with a soft brush and water.

Ages 2—4 years:

• After your child knows not to swallow toothpaste, they should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.

• They should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

• They should have a dental check-up every 6 months.

5—7 years:

• They should continue care as above.

• They should add flossing as soon as 2nd teeth begin to touch. 

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