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How can I help keep my child’s teeth cavity free?

Off all age groups, children are the most at risk of cavities. They tend to eat more frequently and have not yet become experts at brushing their teeth. So it is vital that their teeth are brushed properly with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, which means brushing for them the areas they might have missed on their own. Give them healthy snacks, like bread and fruits, to help keep their teeth cavity-free.

How should I brush my child’s teeth?

You should follow the same approach that you would take when brushing your own teeth. It often helps to stand behind your child and tilt his or her head back. Replace your child toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three month, whichever comes first. By age three or four, your child should be able to brush his or her teeth with your help. Of course, to make it easier, start your child off with a simple brushing technique for example a small, circular brushing motion.

When should children start brushing on their own?

While it varies from child to child, generally children under age eight will need help brushing their teeth. Whether you are still brushing your child teeth or just supervising you should follow these simple guidelines:

  • Brush at least twice a day in the morning and just before bed.
  • Spend two minutes brushing concentrating on the chewing surface and back teeth, where cavities often first develop.
  • Use a pea size amount of children’s fluoride toothpaste. Teach your child to spit out any toothpaste left after devolve.
  • Look for a brush that is suitable for your child age and dexterity.
  • Don’t share brushes between children.
  • Don’t share brushes between children.
  • Brushing your teeth together sets a good example and helps your child to learn by watching and imitating you.
  • As easily as you can, start cleaning in between your child teeth. Ask your dentist for advice on when this should begin, and how to do it.

What should I expect form my child dental visits?

The dentist will examine your child teeth, gums, and jaw; check for any early sings of decay and show you the right way to clean and care for your child teeh. This is also a time to ask how your child teeth are developing.