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How to Care For Your Child's Adult Teeth Right From the Start

Kelly Sundstrom

It is important to keep your child's baby teeth clean, but once the permanent teeth start to come in you really need to make cleaning them a priority. These teeth will last your child for the rest of her life. Dentists generally recommend starting regular dental cleanings and examinations once the adult teeth grow in to make sure that they remain healthy and cavity-free. Talk to your dentist to find out when your child should come in for his first visit. Your dentist can help you know exactly how to care for your child's permanent teeth so that you can end up teaching these skills to your child.

Encouraging Dental Health

You can encourage good dental health for your child by helping him choose healthy, low-sugar snacks instead of sweetened snacks, drinks, and candy. For example, give your child cheese and crackers with a glass of milk instead of giving him cookies and soda. Use gum sweetened with xylitol, which prevents cavities, instead of sugar, which promotes cavities.

Proper Permanent Teeth Care

Permanent teeth need regular cleaning and flossing, and dentists recommend this routine after every meal. When you start to take care of your child's permanent teeth, you will need to brush and floss his teeth for him until he gets a little older. Use toothpaste and choose a toothbrush designed for children. A children's toothbrush has softer bristles that will not hurt your child's teeth and gums. Use children's flossers with handles so that you can help teach your child how to floss his own teeth.

Make sure that you use high-quality oral care products by Colgate to keep your child's permanent teeth healthy and strong. Learn more about caring for adult teeth in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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