Frequently Asked Questions About Kids' Dental Health

Apr 10, 2023
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As a parent, it's natural to have a lot of questions about your child's dental health. From when to start brushing to whether or not to use fluoride toothpaste, there are many aspects to consider when it comes to caring for your child's teeth. In this blog, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about kids' dental health and assist with parenting dental tips.

When should I start brushing my child's teeth?

Dentists recommend you should start brushing your child's teeth as soon as their first tooth appears. This typically happens around six months of age, but it can happen earlier or later.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water or a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. As your child gets older and more teeth come in, you may use more toothpaste, but be sure to supervise their brushing until they are able to do it effectively on their own.

How often should my child brush their teeth?

Children should brush their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Encourage your child to brush all surfaces of their teeth, including the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces. Be sure to supervise your child's brushing until they are able to do it effectively on their own.

When should my child first visit the dentist?

Dentists recommend your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth appearing. This early visit may be important for establishing good dental habits and assist with identifying any potential problems early on. Dentists should be the first point of contact for oral health information.

Should my child use fluoride toothpaste?

Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children to help prevent cavities. However, it's recommended to use a small amount of toothpaste until your child is able to spit it out, around age three. 

When should my child start flossing?

Children should start flossing when their teeth start to touch, usually around age two to three. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth, which can help prevent cavities and gum disease.

How can I help my child prevent cavities?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, there are several things you can do to help prevent cavities in your child's teeth. Limit sugary foods and drinks, and encourage your child to drink water. Make sure your child gets enough fluoride, either through drinking water or fluoride treatments at the dentist. And make sure your child gets regular dental checkups to catch any potential problems early.

How can I help my child overcome fear of the dentist?

Many children are afraid of the dentist, but there are several things you can do to help them overcome their fear. Start by talking to your child about what to expect at the dentist, and try to keep a positive attitude. You may also read books or watch videos about going to the dentist. And be sure to choose a dentist who is experienced in working with children and who can help make the experience as positive as possible!