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The beginning of the year for you might have added an additional gift as it could be the very first year for a child in your life. If you do have an infant that requires your care this year, do not forget that in a short amount of time, their first teeth will start to appear. A child’s first tooth often begins to show around 6-10 months of age. Prepare a plan in advance so that you are ready for any oral health needs that the child may have.

Always make sure that your children are being fed healthy foods and served healthy drinks. Some foods and drinks can be broken down into harmful acids within our mouths. These harmful acids have the capability of eating through tooth enamel. If the child uses pacifiers, never dip them in sugary or sweet substances. Also, do not share eating utensils with the child as you can pass harmful bacteria onto them.

After your child’s first tooth has broken through the skin, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Orem Pediatric Dentistry for an oral examination at our office in Orem, Utah.

After the first tooth has appeared, you should begin brushing the child’s mouth. Until they are three years old, you do not need to use more than a grain-sized amount of toothpaste for each cleaning. Always use dentist-recommended toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

For more information about your child’s oral health, or to schedule a visit with Dr. R. Bruce Howell, we can be reached at 801-802-7200. We look forward to making your child’s smile shine bright!