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Do you ever feel overwhelmed when thinking about cleaning and caring for your child’s smile? If so, our dentists, Dr. Matthew Clark and Dr. Ida Anjomshoaa are here to help you. Taking care of your child’s teeth and gums isn’t as difficult as you might think it is. There are just a few little things you should do regularly, and those things are:

First, start brushing your child’s teeth once the first little chomper arrives. Starting at an early age can help them get used to the task of cleaning their smile. As you brush, use a child’s toothbrush that has soft bristles and toothpaste that does NOT contain fluoride and is OK to swallow. If you can’t find this type of paste, it’s best to just use water.

Second, introduce your child to fluoride toothpaste after they turn 2 years old. At this point, your child’s little teeth should be able to handle the fluoride in the product. Also, your child should know not to swallow the paste by now, so you won’t need to worry about your child getting sick.

Third, make brushing a family activity. When your child needs to brush, have the whole family brush. This can help your child understand that oral hygiene is important for everyone and it can even teach your child the specific techniques involved in scrubbing the teeth.

To learn more about children’s oral hygiene in New York, New York, please contact Park Avenue Oral Surgery at 212-644-7009 when you have a chance. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need!