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 wash cloth 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.