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Common Children's Dental Care Questions

AM Hopkins

Your children's teeth might be small, but they are important. Following good dental practices as a child is the only way to ensure your childrens dental care routine lasts into their adult years. However, knowing exactly what to do sometimes can be difficult. Parents generally have lots of questions when it comes to their children's oral hygiene needs. Here are just some of the questions parents commonly have.

How should I brush my child's teeth?

Your child needs to brush his teeth twice a day, in the morning and after dinner. Ensure that he is brushing the inside and outside surfaces thoroughly to dislodge any bacteria. Squirt a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft, children's toothbrush and begin brushing in a small circular pattern. Children 2 years old and younger only need a small amount of toothpaste, similar to the size of a grain of rice. Children between the age of 2 and 4 years old only need an amount of toothpaste equal to the size of a pea. While children who are 5 years old and older can use the equivalent of the size of a bean.

When should I take my child to the dentist?

Most experts recommend that you take your child for his first dental appointment just after his first birthday. If your child has passed this milestone and still hasn't had a dental appointment, it's a good idea to make an appointment soon. This will allow you to ensure that his teeth are developing properly and he has a clean dental bill-of-health. For more information about your child's first dental visit, visit the Colgate Oral Care resource.

When is it okay to let my child start brushing on his own?

Unfortunately, there is no set age when your child will have the skills to brush his teeth on his own. Each child is different. However, it's a good idea to allow your child to begin brushing his teeth as soon as he is willing. Of course, you'll want to stand by and watch to ensure he is doing it properly. As a good rule of measure, your child will probably need assistance brushing his teeth until he is around 6 years old or so.

What should I do if my child doesn't want to brush?

As a parent, you are well aware that it's hard to get your child to do anything he doesn't want to. If your child avoids brushing his teeth like the plague, get creative. Make brushing time more of an event than a duty. Let him know that children's dental practices can be fun. Consider making it a family practice, where you all do it together, or consider purchasing him a tooth brush with his favorite character on it.

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