How To Get A Head-Start On Correct Oral Hygiene For Kids

added on: June 6, 2020
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According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should bring your child into the dentist before her/his 1st birthday. Unfortunately, many parents don’t fully understand the value of getting a head-start on educating kids on the importance of caring for their teeth. kids oral hygiene

Though rare, decayed baby teeth might have to be taken out before permanent teeth come in. In order to avoid this type of treatment, it’s vital that you regularly clean your child’s gums and teeth. Clean your infant’s gums by wiping them using a moist, clean cloth. When teeth begin coming in, decay may occur. You can avoid that by lightly brushing your infant’s teeth as soon as they come in.

At Phelps Family Dentistry, your child’s initial dental trip will involve checking his/her teeth for decay and an exam that checks for early developmental challenges, an explanation about how to take care of your baby’s teeth and to answer all questions and early concerns you might have.

Assuring early mouth care isn’t just to get the children comfortable with taking an interest about their teeth, but it also is to prevent cavities.

  • 1 out of ten 2-year-olds already have 1 or more cavities.
  • By the age of 3, 28 percent of kids have one or more cavities.
  • By the age of 5, almost 50 percent of kids have one or more cavities.


For kids younger than 3 years of age, clean teeth using fluoride toothpaste in a quantity no bigger than one grain of rice. Do it two times per day or as instructed by a physician or dentist. For kids 3 – 6 years of age, it’s possible to increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount.  Continuously observe your child’s teeth brushing, two times per day.


As soon as your youngster has 2 teeth which touch, it’s time to start flossing on a daily basis. Teach kids the importance of professional, regular dental trips, and explain to the kids that the dental professional will assist in keeping their teeth healthy and strong, so they can eat.

For more information on our general dentistry services, contact our team at Phelps Family Dentistry in Wilmington, NC at 910-762-3481 right away!

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