The first set of teeth that your child gets is called primary teeth. These teeth play a crucial role in your child's development. They aid in speech development, enable your child to chew food, and hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth.
As soon as teeth develop, it's time to start caring for them. The best way to clean your baby's first set of teeth is by using a soft infant toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to gently brush the teeth. For about the first six months or so, you will use this technique to clean your child's teeth at least once a day. After age two, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush. Make sure you help your child brush their teeth until they are old enough to do it themselves. (Every child is different — some kids can start brushing on their own as early as age three or four.)
Use only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste for children under the age of three—a smear or rice grain-sized amount is usually plenty. Once your child turns three, you can use a small pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Always make sure to use the correct amount of toothpaste for your child's age and only use a pea-sized amount for children ages two and three.
Besides teaching your children how to develop healthy oral hygiene habits from a young age, there are a few other things you can do to protect their smile for years to come.
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