Good Dental Hygiene Habits for Children

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As parents, we sometimes wonder what the best dental care options for our children are, based on their age. Here are some tips on how to take care of their teeth from day one.


A baby’s dental care begins from the day they are born. Though you might not yet see them, babies are born with several developed teeth beneath their gums, which will emerge gradually. Before the teeth start to surface, you may use a wet wipe to clean their gums and prevent bacteria build-up.

As soon as the first teeth appear

You can now use a toothbrush suitable for children with a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). Do this carefully so that the child does not swallow the toothpaste. When their teeth start touching each other, you may begin using dental floss.

When should you teach them to brush their teeth on their own?

Once they turn 2 years old, you may teach them to brush their teeth and spit out the toothpaste to avoid swallowing it. At this age, they can use a pea-size amount of toothpaste. Remember to supervise them to make sure they do not swallow the toothpaste.

At what age can they visit a dentist?

After the first year, they can visit a pediatric dentist regularly. During their first visit, the baby may be examined while seated on their parent’s lap. It is recommended not to wait until the child is much older than this for their first visit. The younger the child is, the more likely they are to overcome the fear of dentist visits. 

At Salus, we have pediatric dentists ready to help. Make your appointment today by calling 787.789.1996.

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