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If you are looking to improve the oral health of your child, you should remember to teach them the benefits of brushing. In their early years, they will be too young to do it themselves, or even understand what it is for. However, as long as you are persistent in brushing their teeth every day, it will be committed to their memory and accepted as a natural habit.

A child’s first tooth will appear when they are around 6 months old. Whenever a tooth erupts above the gum line, it must be cared for. Be aware that when a child is teething they will be extra irritable due to an increased level of pain and discomfort. Use this as an opportunity to help alleviate the pain and brush at the same time.

If you child is younger than 3 years of age, a toothpaste dab the size of a rice grain is all that is needed per session. If the child is between 3 to 6, a toothpaste dab the size of a pea is fine. Never use a brush with hard bristles, and make sure it is clean before use and always stored upright in an open container. A child’s toothbrush typically only lasts a few months before it must be replaced.

If you would like to contact Dr. David Cho and our team at Alpha Dental Spa, we can be reached at 856-829-1989. Our office is located in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. A happy smile is your child’s first step to a brighter, healthier lifestyle that can improve their life for many years to come.