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If you want your child to have a top-notch smile and oral health, then you need to help them keep up on oral hygiene, which means care for the teeth and gums regularly. Now, our dental team understands that might be a tough task, especially if you’re not sure what to do. So, our dentists, Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt, are happy to give you some tips.

First, start scrubbing your child’s little chompers by the time their first tooth erupts from the gums. As you brush, use a child-sized toothbrush that has soft bristles. This brush can gently clean your child’s teeth in an easy and painless manner. You can use a small amount of toothpaste to clean your child’s smile, but make sure it doesn’t have fluoride and it’s safe to swallow. If you can’t find this type of paste, just use water.

Second, let your child use fluoride toothpaste after they have turned two years old. At this age, your child’s little teeth should be able to handle the fluoride and your child will likely know not to swallow the paste.

Third, make brushing a family activity. This can help your child see you and your other family members scrub your smiles. This can teach them that brushing is important and it can even teach them how to brush their smile on their own.

Do you have any questions? If so, please contact our dental team at Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 804-737-4444 and we will be thrilled to help you. We are proud to offer pediatric dentistry for our younger patients, and look forward to giving you the answers and information you need to help them create stellar smiles!