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If your child is finally showing signs of a tooth erupting above their gum line, the time has finally come to begin caring for their smile. Every day from the time of tooth is visible, it can be susceptible to damage. Plus, it is up to you to care for their smile so it can thrive for a lifetime.

Until your child comes of age, it is mandatory to brush your child’s teeth twice a day to ensure cavities and other forms of tooth decay do not arise. If your child is under 3 years old, use a dab of toothpaste that is roughly the size of a grain of rice. If your child is over 3, a pea-sized dab will work well. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and never share it with anyone else. Also, never let your child use another toothbrush, as this can contribute to bacteria being passed to your child through the utensils.

In order to keep their toothbrush clean, always store in an upright container that is free and aired out. Never place your toothbrush in a closed container as moisture can develop and lead to further contamination. In addition, a child’s toothbrush will often wear out faster than an adult’s toothbrush, so it must be replaced accordingly. For additional help with your child’s smile, bring them in to see their pediatric dentist for professional cleanings and routine checkups.

If you are seeking treatment for your child’s smile, we are here to help you. For a thorough diagnosis and treatment, please contact Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children to set up an appointment with Dr. David Suttie and our team at our office in Napa, California by calling us at 707-257-6453.