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Infants and Small Children

Infants and Small Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child's first visit to the dentist be around age three unless any of these dental health risk factors exist:

  • Sleeping with a cup or bottle 

  • Thumb sucking 

  • Teeth staining 

  • Down Syndrome

Children's Oral Hygiene When your child's teeth begin to erupt, wipe them  daily with a moist washcloth to remove tooth plaque.  As your child grows more teeth, use a soft child's toothbrush with  non-fluoride toothpaste until your child is able to spit out the toothpaste.  When your child is ready to use fluoridated toothpaste, use only a small  peasize amount on the toothbrush.

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