The ‘Tooth’ About Dental Care!

By Dr. Lou Sarrosa, NOAH Dental Director

kid girl brushing teeth in bathroom
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents clean a baby’s mouth even prior to the eruption of teeth. This can be done with a soft cloth after feedings. When the first tooth/teeth erupt(s), the tooth/teeth should be brushed with an appropriate brush size for small children with a smear (size of a grain of rice) of fluoridated toothpaste (that is marked with the seal of approval by the American Dental Association) up until the age of 3 years. For children 3 to 6 years of age, a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste may be used. Proper supervision is always recommended so the child does not swallow any toothpaste.

Toddlers should be encouraged to brush their own teeth with parental supervision as soon as he/she can hold a toothbrush. Usually by the age of 7 or 8 years old and when the child can tie his/her own shoelaces, the child may be allowed to brush unsupervised. Until then, a parent should supervise the toddler/child and make sure that all surfaces of all teeth are being brushed properly. Teeth should be brushed twice daily, preferably after breakfast and before bed.

The AAPD recommends that every child should visit their dentist by his/her first birthday. This visit can establish a dental home for the child and give parents the education needed to help their child maintain good oral health.

Your child’s dentist will recommend regular checkups for your child at least every 6 months.

“I like Dr. Sarrosa because she is nice and funny. Coming to the dentist is easy and I am never scared!”
-Gio Morales