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The health of the mouth depends on how well you care for your teeth. When a child is too young to care for their teeth on their own, it is your responsibility to see to the care of his or her teeth.

Your child’s dental hygiene should start at an early age. Before your baby’s teeth come in, wipe his or her gums with a clean, wet gauze or cloth after every feeding. As soon as his or her first tooth erupts, it should be brushed.

When brushing your baby’s teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush of an appropriate size. If you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before their first birthday, consult with our dentist, Dr. J. Richard Burch. If your child has a moderate or high risk for tooth decay and is younger than two years old, use a smear of toothpaste that is smaller than pea sized. For a child that is two to five years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as they have two teeth that are next to each other.

Once your child is six to eight years old, they can begin brushing their teeth on their own. You may want to inspect your child’s mouth after they brush to see if they are missing any spots. Encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months.

Feel free to contact KC Smile Doc today for more information about children’s dental hygiene in Kansas City, Missouri, and to schedule your child’s next visit.