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Are you adequately caring for your child’s oral health? Because a child truly won’t be able to care for their own teeth until they are much older, it is the primary responsibility of their caregivers to ensure they are receiving the proper care they need. At around one year of age, the child should also receive their first oral exam from our team at Faith Cousins DDS.

There are plenty of treatments you should use when caring for an infant or a small child. Consider the following:

TRUE or FALSE: Brushing a baby’s teeth is pointless.
– This is false. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

How many teeth does a child need for flossing to be necessary?
– A caretaker should start to floss their child’s teeth as soon as two teeth grow in next to each other.

What are some helpful guidelines to prevent tooth decay in children?
– Never use the same eating utensils as your child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child drink sugary ingredients. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

When can a child first begin to brush on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caretaker believes that they can do so safely and efficiently, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Faith Cousins DDS. Be sure to visit Dr. Faith Cousins and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. To schedule a visit, please call us at 301-589-2714. We will help you in any way we can!