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Dental Health for Children

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and it’s important that your child’s oral health is

important to their overall health. Dental health begins from when your child gets their first

tooth. Tooth decay can occur in babies if their teeth are not being taken care of so it’s essential

that you start your child off well with good dental habits.

As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, you should begin toothbrushing with a soft-bristled

toothbrush specifically designed for infants and toothpaste containing fluoride. You only need

to use a small amount (the size of a grain of rice) until they reach the age of 3 and should clean

twice a day, generally after breakfast and before bedtime. After 3, you can use a pea-sized

amount of toothpaste. Once your child is able to swish and spit on their own, they can start