544 FM 156 South, Suite 100
Haslet, TX 76052
Parents should start brushing their child's teeth as soon as they erupt into the mouth. Brushing should be done at least twice daily, but it is preferable to brush after every meal and before bed. When brushing use circular
motions and make sure that the area where
the teeth and the gums meet are brushed
well. If the gums have not been brushed
well it is not uncommon to see bleeding
from the gums, this will go away after
several days of brushing the gums well.
Parents should brush their child's teeth
until age seven. After age seven parents
should supervise their child's brushing.
Children's teeth have more space between them but if your child's front teeth are touching they should be flossed because brushing alone will not remove the bacteria that cause cavities from between the teeth. Once a child's baby molars (back teeth) erupt they almost always are close together and will need to be flossed. This usually occurs between two and three years of age. For a fun and easy way to floss your kids' teeth we recommend GumChucks. Please ask us for a demonstration at our office.
Before your child's first tooth erupts you
should use a fluoride free training
toothpaste to massage your childs gums.
After your child's teeth first erupt, usually
the front teeth, you may start to use a
smear layer of fluoride toothpaste to brush
your child's teeth. Children should only use
a smear layer of toothpaste until they able to spit out the toothpaste after every brushing, at this time you may transition to a pea size amount of toothpaste. If your child eats a large amount of toothpaste (you find them with an open tube that appears to be half empty) have them drink milk and contact your dentist, poison control center, or doctor as soon as possible, they may require emergency care.