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Proper dental care needs to start as soon as teeth have erupted from the gumline. But how do you take care of the teeth of so small a person? Here are some tips for assisting children under the age of 3.

Teething: Teething can be difficult for parents and babies alike! Babies can get grumpy, irritable, fussy and sleepless, and that makes things hard for everyone. They can also drool more than usual, or even lose their appetite. These are all normal symptoms of teething. Diarrhea, fever and rashes are NOT normal teething symptoms. If your child has any of these abnormal symptoms while teething, take them to see a physician as soon as possible.

Toothpaste: When to start using toothpaste can seem like a tricky question. However, it has a fairly straightforward answer: as soon as you can see the child’s teeth above the gumline, it is time for fluoride toothpaste. A very small smear, about the size of a grain of rice, will do. Once the child is 3 years old, you can start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Be sure to use a toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Baby’s First Dental Visit: Ideally, the child’s first dental visit will occur after their first tooth, but before their first birthday. This allows the dentist to make sure all teeth are coming in properly and that the child’s mouth is free of decay and infection.

To schedule an appointment in Rego Park, New York, call Great Smiles of NY at 718-275-7300 . Dr. Jacob Avner and our team look forward to seeing you and your child!