Oral care for small children
A few guidelines for taking great care of your baby’s teeth and gums.
We have been getting an overwhelming number of questions on what type of products are safe to use for their infants from our patients who are first-time parents, prompting us to write a little reference for you.
What kind of approach you take depends on your child’s personality, but a few simple tips can help you train your kids to care about oral care for themselves, never too young.
We sat down with Rozanna Brodsky, a registered dental hygienist at Manhattan Dental Spa.
Q: When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check up?
A: In order to prevent dental problems your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday.
Q: What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
A: A battery operated soft-bristled tooth brush should be used twice a day under parental supervision.
Q: Toothpaste: When should we begin using it and how much should we use?
A: The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant tooth brush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear start brushing twice a daily using fluoridated toothpaste. Use a “Smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For 2-5 years old, dispense a “pea-size: amount of tooth paste and assist or perform your child’s tooth brushing children should spit our and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.