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When Teeth Come In

  • Once teeth come in, start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a “smear” (or rice size) amount of fluoridated toothpaste. 

  • Use a small, child-sized toothbrush.

  • Lay your child down on a comfortable surface, like a changing table. 

  • Position yourself behind the child’s head.

  • Give your child a toy to hold.

  • Brush 2-3 teeth at a time.

  • Ask your child’s doctor about fluoride drops, tablets, and varnish.

  • Avoid or limit giving your child foods and drinks that contain sugar, especially between meals.  

  • Children should not have juice during their first year.