Oral Care Tips for Kids

Your child’s smile is extremely important to Dr. Ken Killpack and our Smiles Dental team, which is why we strongly recommend that you do all you can to take care of the chompers on a regular basis. To help you do so, we recommend doing the following things:

Properly clean the smile
When your child’s first tooth grows into the mouth around 6 months of age, it’s time to start brushing. For children under the age of 3, it’s best to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For children between 3 and 6, it’s best to use the same type of toothbrush but a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure you brush their teeth twice a day and start flossing when two teeth grow in next to each other.

Bring your child into our office
It’s typically recommended to bring your child into our office for their first visit six months after their first tooth has erupted and no later than their first birthday. This appointment is extremely beneficial; it involves your dentist examining the oral cavity, giving you the tips you need, and answering any of your questions.

Take advantage of fluoride
If you want your child to have strong and healthy teeth, fluoride is the key. Fluoride is a mineral that nourishes and strengthens the chompers and prevents dental cavities. So, please take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth.

Avoid dental issues
Whether you believe it or not, children are prone to dental issues as well, especially if you fill their bottle with sugary drinks and dip their binky in honey or sugar. So, please avoid dental issues at all costs by refraining to expose your child to sugary products.

If you have any questions about the provided tips or about oral care for children in Ridgefield, Washington, please feel free to call 360.727.6976 today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. The sooner you call our office, the sooner you’ll receive the tips you need to succeed!