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Whether you believe it or not, a lot of terrible things can happen to your child’s smile, which is why it’s important for you as the parent to take good care of their teeth and gums. To help you keep your child’s oral health in tip-top shape, our Olympia Dental Group team recommends doing the following things on a regular basis:

Properly clean the smile
It’s important that you brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If your child is under 3 years old, only use a grain-sized amount of toothpaste while brushing. If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6, only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste while brushing. Once your child has two teeth grown in next to each other, please begin flossing.

Bring your child into the office
Bring your child in for their first dental visit six months after their first tooth has erupted and no later than their first birthday. This appointment will be simple and easy. It will involve the dentist examining your child’s smile, giving you the tips you need, and answering any of your questions.

Take advantage of fluoride
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your child’s teeth. So, please use fluoride toothpaste when you clean your child’s smile each day and take advantage of our fluoride treatment when you come into the office. This will help your child prevent tooth decay and other dental issues.

Avoid dental issues
Oftentimes, people don’t realize that babies are prone to dental problems as well, but they are. In fact, many dental problems can occur if you put sugary drinks in your child’s bottle or if you dip your child’s pacifier in honey or sugar. So, please avoid doing these things.

To learn more about children’s smile care in Lacey, Washington, or if you have any questions, please feel free to call 360-943-4777 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Thinh Ho. The more tips you receive, the better off your child’s smile will be!