Teaching good dental habits at an early age

April 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Healthy teeth and your children -- expert advice for every stage of your child's life.

You want to promote healthy oral hygiene habits for your children, but you may not not know where to start. We asked Walnut Creek dentist, Duane Spencer, where to begin when your baby cuts his/her first teeth, and how to progress as they grow older.

Dr. Spencer's tips:

  • Start brushing teeth as soon as baby has teeth. Moms can take a washcloth and just wipe the surface of the teeth. Toothpaste is not necessary at this stage.
  • First dentist visit is recommended at 12 months.
  • Wean baby off pacifier as early as possible.
  • Teach children inportance of flossing early on.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants as they are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


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