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Your child’s oral health care regimen needs to start, even before his first teeth come in. Believe it or not, his teeth are already present, they are just under his gums, waiting to erupt. Before his first teeth come in, you should clean his gums with a clean piece of gauze after every feeding. Another good tip is to make sure that you only put water, breast milk or formula in his bottle.

You should schedule your baby’s first trip to the dentist after his first tooth has come in and if possible, six months before his first birthday. When you start brushing your child’s teeth, use a toothbrush that will fit his mouth, and a pea-sized drop of toothpaste. You should check with your dentist before you start using a toothpaste with fluoride. You should start flossing your child’s teeth when two of his primary teeth have come in next to one another.

As your child grows, you can begin to teach him how to brush and floss his teeth on his own. Remember that he will learn good oral health habits by watching you, and is important that he sees you brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist for you cleanings and exams. Older children can use mouthwash as part of their oral health routine, but since many brands contain alcohol, they should not be given to younger children since there is a chance they will swallow it.

If you have a new arrival, or if you are looking for a dentist for you child, why not visit with our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal at DM Family Dentistry in Round Lake Beach, Illinois? You can call 847-740-8827 to make an appointment for a cleaning and exam for your child or any other member of your family.