Thursday, February 25, 2016

When Should Kids Start Brushing?

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

If you're parent of young children, your list of responsibilities is constantly growing. From doctor visits and potty training, to walking and talking, there is always something to do! In the midst of all this, where does brushing fit in? You may be surprised to see just how early your children should start brushing!
  • Although your little ones baby teeth eventually fall out, you should be taking good care of them. Before your child's baby teeth start to emerge, you should have a oral health regimen in place that includes wiping their gums with a wet cloth.
  • Once their teeth start to come in, you can swap over to a soft-bristled toothbrush. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice as soon as you see their first tooth appear.
  • When your child turns 3, you can begin applying a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to their brush.
Keep in mind, your children should be brushing for two minutes, two times a day. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the best way to ensure your child is on the right path with their oral health!

Is it time to schedule your child's first visit or annual checkup? If so, give us a call at 516-222-5100 to reach our Garden City office or 516-759-7000 to reach our Glen Cove Office. To learn more about Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove, visit

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