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When should you start taking care of your child’s teeth? The answer is as soon as she is born. Your child’s primary teeth are already waiting to come in, even though you can’t see them. You can start her on the road to dental health by cleaning her gums with a clean piece of gauze after you feed her. You should start brushing her teeth when her first tooth comes in, using a toothbrush that will fit comfortably in her mouth and water. Her first trip to the dentist should be within six months of her getting her first tooth but before her first birthday.

From ages 1 to 2, clean her teeth with a suitably size toothbrush and a pea-sized drop of toothpaste. After the age of two, she will start to learn how to brush her teeth from you, so this is the time to teach her the proper toothbrushing technique. You should hold the brush at a 45 -degree angle to your teeth and brush away from the gumline, cleaning all of the surfaces of the teeth, including the tongue.

You should start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as she has two teeth that touch one another. She might not be able to floss on her own, so you will have to do the job for her until she learns how. Using a floss threader will make the task easier. As she gets older, teach her the proper way to floss. Start with 18 inches of floss, wrapping most of it around each of your middle fingers. Use two inches to floss between each tooth, working your way from the back teeth to the front. Curve the floss around each tooth and floss upward, making sure to floss below the gumline.

If it is time for your child’s first dental visit, or if you are looking for a dentist for every member of your family, get to know Dr. Denny Cho at Smile Dental Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can make an appointment by calling 801-583-4500. We look forward to meeting you soon!