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Proper dental care needs to start as soon as teeth are showing above the gumline. But how do you take care of the teeth of such a small child? Here are some things to remember for proper oral care for children under the age of 3.

Teething: Teething can be a difficult time for parents and babies alike! Babies can get grumpy, fussy and sleepless. They can also drool more than usual, or even lose their appetite. These are all normal teething symptoms. Diarrhea, fever and rashes are NOT normal symptoms of teething. If your child has any of these abnormal symptoms, take them to see a physician as soon as possible.

Toothpaste: When should we start using toothpaste? As soon as you can see the child’s teeth above the gumline. A very small smear of fluoridated toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, will do. Once the child is 3 years old, you can start using a small dollop about the size of a pea. Use a toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance, for a safe and effective product for your child’s smile.

Baby’s First Dental Visit: Ideally, the child’s first dental visit will occur between getting their first tooth and their first birthday. Why so early? This allows Drs. Bly-Fish and Ganoza-Duron to make sure all teeth are coming in properly and that the child’s mouth is free of tooth decay and infection.

To schedule an appointment in Purchase, New York, call OneDent of Westchester at 914-750-4376 . Our pediatric dentists and our team look forward to seeing you and your child!