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Here’s what you can do at home to start healthy habits for your child :
Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or wash cloth.
A baby’s front teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.
Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, you must brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child – size toothbrush and a pea- sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing the teeth daily.
For children younger than 3 years, you should brush their teeth as soon as they come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice.
Sit the child in your lap, facing away from you, or stand behind taller children.Tilt the child’s head back against your body so you can see all the surfaces of the teeth.
Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum.
￼￼Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums. Brush in gentle circles on the inside of the teeth and gums. Brush back and forward on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
After brushing all the surfaces, encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste.
Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day ( morning and night). Supervise children’s brushing to ensure they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night). Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.