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The oral health of your child can affect their smile for the rest of the lives, and Chalfont Dentistry is here to help ensure the health of their teeth and gums is as good as it can be. With proper care and maintenance, you can minimize the risks that plague a child’s mouth, including tooth decay and cavities.

Don’t let your child’s smile fail them before they have a chance to care for it themselves. Here are some frequently asked questions concerning oral health care for children.

TRUE or FALSE: Brushing a baby’s teeth is unnecessary.
– This is false. Around six months of age, a child’s first tooth will break above the surface of the gums. As soon as any teeth are exposed, they must be cared for.

What are some helpful techniques to prevent tooth decay in children?
– Never share eating utensils between yourself and a child, because bacteria that can damage their teeth and gums can easily be passed onto them. Also, never let a young child have sugary drinks. For children under three years of age, use a rice-sized portion of toothpaste, and for children over three, a pea-sized portion will suffice.

How many teeth does a child need for flossing to be needed?
– A parent should begin to floss their child’s teeth as soon as two teeth grow in next to each other.

When can a child first start to brush on their own?
– A child should not be rushed to brush on their own until their caregiver believes that they can do so safely and effectively, which includes not eating the toothpaste.

Always use toothpaste for the child that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or is recommend by their dentist at Chalfont Dentistry. Be sure to visit Dr. Sindhu Gundabathula and our team before they are one year of age for an oral examination. Our dentist office is located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. To schedule a visit, please call us at 215-660-3636. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call or visit us today!