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If you want your child to have the best oral health possible, there are things you need to do to achieve that goal. Generally, children aren’t able to care for their smiles all on their own, which is why it’s up to the parents to do what needs to be done. So, to help you care for your child’s gums and chompers, our Gill Family Dentistry team recommends that you do the following things on a regular basis:

Properly clean the smile
When your child’s first tooth grows into the mouth around 6 months of age, it’s time to start brushing. For children under the age of 3, it’s best to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For children between 3 and 6, it’s best to use the same type of toothbrush but a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure you brush their teeth twice a day and start flossing when two teeth grow in next to each other.

Bring your child into the office
Your child’s first visit is essential, which is why we recommend that you bring them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. During this appointment, the dentist will gently examine your child’s smile, will give you the tips you need, and will answer any questions you have.

Take advantage of fluoride
If you want your child to have strong and healthy teeth, fluoride is the ticket. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your child’s chompers and prevents dental cavities. It’s best to take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth.

Avoid dental issues
Many people tend to put sugary drinks in their children’s bottles and dip the pacifiers in honey or sugar. Please do not do these things. These actions can promote tooth decay and other problems.

For more information about child smile care in Modesto, California, please call (209) 566-1986 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill. Our team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!