In this message I will provide useful advice on children's teeth care based on recommendations from the American Dental Association.





You can start brushing your child's teeth twice a day when the first tooth comes in. For children younger than 3 years, use no more than a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Children 3 years and older can use a drop of toothpaste about the size of a pea. You will need to brush younger children's teeth for them. For older children, watch that they use the right amount of toothpaste and spit out as much as possible.

Teeth are covered with a thin, sticky film of bacteria, which produces acid when exposed to sugar. This is what causes cavities. Limiting sugary drinks and snacks is important too. 

Drinks are the largest source of sugar in the American diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding juice for the first year. Also, The AAP warns that children should not sip on juice throughout the day or go to bed with juice. 

Take your baby to see the dentist after their first tooth comes in but before his or her first birthday.

What Are Dental Sealants?


Dental sealants are a protective coating that your dentist can place over chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These areas are at high risk of developing tooth decay because they are smooth, and have deep grooves. A toothbrush cannot get into these areas to keep them clean. Sealants form a barrier over the curved surfaces. Sealants go on as a gel-like liquid and then harden into a thin but strong protective coating. 

Dental sealants usually last for years, but they can become worn. Your dentist can check them during your dental visits to see if they need to be redone or replaced.