At Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of early oral hygiene habits for infants and children to promote healthy teeth and gums. Here’s what parents should know about caring for their child’s oral health from infancy:

Establishing Good Habits

Even before the first teeth emerge, wiping an infant’s gums with a wet washcloth helps remove bacteria and sets the stage for good oral hygiene habits. This early practice familiarizes the child with oral care and prepares them for tooth brushing once teeth begin to appear.

Starting Tooth Brushing

As soon as the first tooth erupts, usually around 4 months of age, parents should begin gently brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This helps clean teeth of plaque and debris, preventing cavity-causing bacteria from building up.

Introducing Flossing

Once two adjacent teeth appear, it’s time to start flossing. Using a gentle “c-shaped” motion around each tooth helps clear out debris and promotes healthy gums. This should be done daily to maintain oral hygiene.

Continuing Good Habits

Brushing should be done twice daily throughout childhood and into adulthood to maintain optimal oral health. Consistency in oral care routines from an early age helps establish lifelong habits.

At Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry, we are here to support parents in nurturing their child’s dental health with expert guidance and care. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how we can help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.


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