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It is important that as soon as an infant begins teething, teeth will be visible above the gums and should be cared for. No matter the season, you need no more reason to begin your oral health care immediately. The longer you wait to care for a child’s teeth and gums, the higher the likelihood of cavities or tooth decay. Here are a few tips to implement in the early stages of a young child:

– Use toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. For children, less than 3 years of age, use a dab of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice. For children that are 3-6 years old, use a dab of toothpaste roughly the size of a pea.

– Make sure your children consume healthy food and drink options.

– A child’s first tooth begins to break the skin at 6-10 months of age. Be sure to bring your child in to visit Dr. Christine Hervas no later than the child’s first birthday.

– If the child is unable to brush their own teeth effectively, brush their teeth for them twice a day approximately 2 minutes each time, or as directed by their dentist.

– For children between the ages of 3-6, supervise the children to ensure they do not swallow the toothpaste.

– Do not share eating utensils between yourself and your child. Doing so can easily pass harmful cavity-causing bacteria to the child.

It’s never too early to begin safe and effective techniques for good oral hygiene. Crossroads Dental is here to help you and your child’s oral health care needs. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call us at 830.351.6202 to get in touch with a member of our staff. You can also visit our office in Luling, Texas. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call or visit us today! We look forward to seeing you soon!