Most pediatric dentists will agree that regular dental care should begin by one year of age, with a dental checkup twice a year for most children. Some children may need more frequent evaluations and care. This is a recommendation, but always check with your dentist will know better what is desirable:
From birth to six months:
-> Clean the infant’s mouth with gauze after feedings and at bedtime.
-> See your child’s pediatrician regarding the use of fluoride supplements.
-> Regulate feeding habits (bottle feeding and breastfeeding).
From six to 12 months:
- During this time the first tooth should appear.
- Ask your pediatric dentist for an exam.
- Brush your teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with a small brush with soft bristles.
- As the child begins to walk, stay alert of potential dental or facial injury, or both.
- Remove the child from the bottle by their first birthday approaches.
Twelve to 24 months of age:
Follow the schedule of dental examinations and cleanings, as recommended by your child’s pediatric dentist. Usually recommended examinations and dental cleanings to children and adults every 6 months.
As your child learns to rinse his mouth and that most have erupted deciduous teeth (baby teeth), it is to brush with a dollop of toothpaste the size of a pea.