Your child's well-being is your biggest concern and their oral hygiene is an important part of their overall health. The care of your child's teeth and gums begins with you—you can set them on the right path for a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene.
Babies are born with all their teeth you can't see them because they are hidden in the gums. Baby teeth start to break through the gums around 6 months but it is important to start good oral care for infants even before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth.
As kids grow up, their oral hygiene habits should grow with them. Kids have all their baby teeth by the age of 3. These are called primary teeth. Baby teeth start falling out around age 6; that's when the permanent, or adult, teeth start coming in. Gaps between baby teeth are normal. They make room for permanent teeth. Most permanent teeth come in by age 13.
Here are some tips to help keep your child's teeth healthy and strong starting at age 3:
As children grow older and more of their permanent teeth come in, a rigorous daily dental hygiene routine is crucial to keeping teeth and gums healthy. However, it can be difficult to keep preteens interested in their oral care.