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Brushing a young child’s teeth is a vital method for caring for their smile. As soon as their teeth break above the gum line, they are just as susceptible to tooth decay as adult’s teeth are, so they must be taken care of daily. Here are some things you should know about brushing an infant’s teeth:

– To evade the dangers of contamination, never share toothbrushes or cleaning utensils with others, especially children, as doing so can take harmful bacteria from your mouth and deliver it to theirs, even if you think the brush has been cleaned.

– Very little toothpaste needs to be given to infants, so strive for an amount about the size of a grain of rice.

– A child’s diet is as beneficial for their oral health as their overall health, so make proper food choices for your child to enjoy.

– Sometime before a child’s first birthday, it is in their best interest to bring your child in to see a dentist to ensure their brushing habits are progressing smoothly.

If you would like to speak with Dr. James C. Ma and our team about your child’s oral health, please schedule an appointment at our dental office of James C. Ma in Bakersfield, California, by calling 661-324-9709. We look forward to seeing your child smile bright this season.