Thorough tooth brushing in the third year

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Thorough tooth brushing in the third year

If your baby puts up a brushing battle, know you’re not alone. Early tooth brushing is mostly about getting little ones used to the routine of dental care, but now that all of your baby’s teeth are in, and she’s regularly and enthusiastically eating all kinds of solids, her tooth brushing routine will need to become more thorough.

According to the American Dental Association, one in four children will have a cavity before starting kindergarten. With such a high rate of tooth decay in young children, it’s critical to begin and stick with a good tooth brushing routine at this stage.

For a child under the age of three, it’s recommended to use fluoridated toothpaste, applying an amount about the size of a grain of rice to the brush. If your baby has teeth that touch, now is a good time to begin flossing as well.

It may be tempting to skip tooth brushing if it also means skipping the complaining and crying, but early tooth decay can lead to problems with adult teeth, too. Instead, getting your baby used to (and maybe even able to enjoy) brushing will help her out in the long run.

your baby may not love tooth brushing, but she doesn’t have to dread it, either. If she has a specific objection to tooth brushing, try and see if there’s anything you can do to.


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