Dental Care for Kids: The Best Secrets for Keeping Your Child's Smile Bright

When the first teeth begin to erupt in your child's mouth, you might feel concerned about giving her the right dental care and ensuring that her teeth remain white, clean and cavity-free. Proper dental care for kids involves more than just brushing your child's teeth every day. It involves knowing the right overall dental hygiene, so that you can teach your child how to care for her own teeth throughout her lifetime.

Begin by learning the right way to brush your child's teeth. Babies and toddlers should use a very soft toothbrush and gel toothpaste designed for younger children, such as the My First Colgate line. As children get older, you can encourage them to keep their teeth clean by giving them exciting products that make brushing fun, such as Colgate's SpongeBob™ or Dora the Explorer™ themed toothbrushes and toothpaste. Show your child how to brush using small, circular motions along the gumline, and make sure to encourage proper dental hygiene by having her brush and floss after every meal.

Dental care for kids does not have to feel overwhelming. Try to involve your children as much as possible so that they feel excited and empowered about keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Consider taking your children to a pediatric dentist who understands how to make dental checkups less intimidating. Pediatric dental offices often have toys, games and movies to help children relax and enjoy going to the dentist. Your pediatric dentist can go over proper dental hygiene for kids, and will help you find more resources for keeping your child's teeth and gums healthy.

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Top Tips for Good Oral Care During Childhood

  • Brushing and flossing
    Begin using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when he (or she) is 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing, rather than spitting it out. Introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.

  • Dental visit
    New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?” Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.

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