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Let’s Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

By October 26, 2017 No Comments

With Halloween approaching fast, October is the month of candy and sweets. But this increase in sugar makes it extra important for kids to protect their teeth! According to Colgate Professional, good oral hygiene can prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and can even keep you from getting sick.

Here are tips from OralB to keep the teeth of our babies, toddlers, and kiddos shiny and clean.

4 -24 Months

A baby’s first teeth can still have plaque buildup, and gum care is important even before teeth emerge. As a result, parents can…

  • Clean baby’s gums with a damp washcloth after bottle feedings.
  • Once a tooth appears, parents can begin brushing the tooth/teeth with a soft-bristled brush and a pea-sized dab of non-fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit the dentist for the first time around the child’s first birthday.

2 – 4 Years

Children two years and above can…

  • Start using toothpaste with fluoride to help keep their teeth white.
  • Brush their teeth on their own with a little help from you after they’re done!
  • Brush their teeth alongside mom or dad to help them learn good habits through modeling

5 Years +

After the child turns five, you can begin…

  • Teach them how to floss
  • Guide them to make healthy choices, limit sugar, and protect from plaque and decay

For more tips and tricks on how to keep your kids happy and healthy, visit us at Any Baby Can and register for one of our affordable parenting classes or give us a call at 512.454.3743.

Happy brushing, flossing, and mouth-washing!

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