5 tips to follow at each stage of your child’s teeth…

From the moment your child’s first tooth emerges to the time when their permanent set is in place, dental care plays a crucial role in their overall health and well-being. Each stage of tooth development presents unique challenges and opportunities for parents to ensure their child’s oral health is well-maintained. In this article, we’ll outline five essential tips to follow at each stage of your child’s teeth to set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

**1. Infant Stage (0-2 years)

Tip 1: Begin Even Before Teeth Emerge Clean your baby’s gums gently with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding to remove milk residue. This sets the foundation for good oral hygiene even before teeth start coming in.

Tip 2: Transition to a Teethbrush As soon as the first tooth appears, usually around 6 months, switch to a soft-bristled infant toothbrush. Brush their tooth gently twice a day using a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

**2. Toddler Stage (2-4 years)

Tip 3: Make Brushing Fun At this stage, involve your child in the brushing routine. Let them choose their toothbrush with their favorite character and make brushing a playful activity. Encourage them to brush for two minutes to develop a good habit.

Tip 4: Monitor Their Diet Limit sugary snacks and drinks that can contribute to cavities. Encourage healthy eating habits with fruits, vegetables, and dairy products that support strong teeth.

**3. Early Childhood (5-7 years)

Tip 5: Supervised Brushing While children may want to brush on their own, it’s important to supervise their brushing to ensure they’re reaching all surfaces. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

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