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Protect your child’s teeth with effective tooth brushing habits. Although your child cannot brush their teeth on their own for many years into their life, it still must be done as soon as their first tooth begins to show around 6 months of age. Once the first tooth is visible, brushing it every day is important for the health of the tooth and your child’s entire mouth.

When brushing your child’s teeth, use a pinch of toothpaste roughly the size of rice grain until they are at least three years old. When they are three you can upgrade the amount to around a pea-sized pinch. When choosing a toothpaste, look for a brand that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance given out by the American Dental Association.

Never use the same utensils as your children without washing them first. Any bacteria from your mouth will be transferred to your child if the same utensils and dental tools are used. For additional care, before your child turns 1 years old, bring them in for an oral examination with their pediatrician. This will ensure their teeth are growing in properly as well as the overall state of their oral health.

To learn more about tooth brushing habits for children, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rai, call our office in Stafford, VA, at 540-657-0867. Dr. Rai and our entire team want to ensure your child’s oral health remains flawless for many years to come.