Family Dentistry - Charlotte
2024 Lansing Road
Charlotte, MI 48813
Ph: 517-543-5230 Fax: 517-543-5011

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Your child will learn proper oral health care from you. We hope to show your child all of the proper ways to keep his or her teeth clean, but we also hope you will become a patient as well if you are not already. It is vital that you, as the parent, know how to properly brush and floss your teeth. We hope you will make great food choices to demonstrate to your child how important your teeth are. Once the parents or guardians of the children are on board with a value and awareness of the importance of teeth, the child often models your behavior and happy home care is easier to achieve and accept by the child.

Since your child typically cannot clean his or her teeth until the age of 5 or 6 (your child may be ready when he or she can tie shoes or write his or her name independently and clearly), it is very important for you to do this for them until that day of independence arrives. The most important time to brush your child's teeth is right before bedtime. After good brushing and flossing, your child should not have anything to eat or drink after that--except water. Brushing after breakfast is also encouraged.

Around age 1 or 2, you may certainly start introducing your child to the toothbrush, and let them practice using it. Demonstrate for them multiple times. Use only toddler toothpaste without fluoride or just water until your child can spit proficiently. Too much fluoride is harmful to your child. Make sure YOU end the brushing session with a thorough brushing after your child practices. Flossing can be introduced once two teeth begin to touch and the tooth brush can no longer get in between the teeth. We recommend child flossers at first, and then string floss later on once dexterity has improved.