What is the best dental care routine for my 3-year-old?
Depending on the amount of teeth your little one has will play a factor in his or her early dental hygiene. We recommend bringing your son or daughter in to see us either for an early get aquainted visit or when they turn 3-year-old.
Although the dental treatment is signficantly limited this early on, getting a head start on proper hygeine, as well as acclimating your young child to the dentist's office, can be great predictors of good, long-term oral health.
When you come in, we will review your child's medical and dental history and help educate you about proper hygeine at home. Often times, children with one or two teeth only need 'cleanings' with warm wash clothes and water. When they begin to get a few more teeth, you can begin to use a very soft-bristled brush, although toothpaste is still not likely.
You want to take caution when introducing toothpaste to your little one, even when you are still brushing for him or her. Because it's difficult to make sure they don't swallow the toothpaste, it's best to start with flouride-free versions after they've graduated from simple toothbrush and water.