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How to Transition to Independent Teeth Brushing

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Sometime between the ages of six and nine, kids are usually ready to brush their teeth by themselves. Your family dentist in Decatur can help teach them proper techniques at their dental exams and cleanings, but how can you ensure they brush well at home?

Make Sure They’re Ready

Only you know when your little one is ready to brush by themselves. Watch them and see if they can manipulate the toothbrush effectively. If they don’t have the dexterity just yet, you can put off independent brushing a little longer.

It’s a good idea to let kids brush on their own in front of you until they’re older so that you can ...

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Fluoride Toothpaste for Your Little One

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Starting good oral habits early for your little one are key to a lifetime of amazing oral health. We encourage cleaning your teeth early and having your child seen for their first dental appointment. There is a new recommendation by the American Association of Pediatric Dentists about the care of your child's teeth.

When To Start Using Fluoride Toothpaste

The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts.  The American Academy of Pediatrics have updated their guidelines to include a smear of fluoride on your baby's toothbrush for dental health. 

Call our office to have your little one seen for their first dental appointment.

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