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Are you looking to improve your child’s oral health care? If so, one of the best places to begin is with the child’s brushing treatments. Because most children under 5 cannot brush their own teeth safely and efficiently, it must be done for them. This task should be done for 2-3 minutes at a time twice every day. If a child’s teeth are not cleaned, they will be susceptible to tooth decay and cavities.

Brushing a child’s teeth requires less toothpaste than adults use. For children under three, a rice grain-sized amount will suffice. For children over 3, a pea-sized amount will work fine. Always look for toothpaste that is fluoride-free for infants and features the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you are unsure which toothpaste to use, speak with the child’s pediatrician. Typically, the child’s first visit to their pediatrician should occur before they are one year’s old.

Make sure the child has their own toothbrush and is not using someone else’s. Sharing toothbrushes can cause contamination to occur and can transfer harmful bacteria to the mouth of the child. Soft-bristled brushes work best as they are less abrasive on a child’s teeth. For additional treatment tips, make sure the child is eating right because their diet plays a large role in their oral health.

If you would like a professional cleaning from Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry at our pediatric office in Yakima, Washington, please contact us at 509-248-2973. Dr. Neal Smith and the rest of our team will ensure your child gets the bright smile you desire.