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Appropriate dental care needs to start as soon as your child’s teeth have erupted from the gumline. But how do you take care of the teeth of such a small person? Here are some things to be aware of in the dental care of children under the age of 3.

Teething: Teething can be a difficult stage for babies and parents alike! Babies can get irritable, fussy and sleepless, and that means long nights (and days) for everyone. Babies can also drool more than usual, or even lose their appetite–these are all normal symptoms of teething. Diarrhea, fever and rashes, however, are NOT normal teething symptoms. If your child has any of these abnormal symptoms while teething, take them to see their physician as soon as possible.

Toothpaste: Start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as you can see the child’s teeth above the gumline. Use a very small smear, about the size of a grain of rice. Once your child is 3 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Be sure to use a toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a quality product. Until you are sure your child can brush on their own, it is important that you help them. Brush for 2 minutes using very gentle pressure.

Baby’s First Dental Visit: Ideally, your child’s first dental visit will occur after their first tooth, but before their first birthday. This allows the dentist to ensure all teeth are coming in properly and that the child’s mouth is free of tooth decay and other infection.

To schedule an appointment in Grantsville, Utah, call Frandsen Dental at 435-884-3002. Drs. Frandsen and Dansie, as well as our team, look forward to helping you and your child!