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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids

Children`s tooth care



If your child got their first tooth at 3 months old, what is an appropriate age to start taking them to the dentist? Is baby ora-jel tooth and gum clenser sufficient to use on a two year old? When do you switch to regular toothpaste?


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his/her first dental exam by 12 months of age. This first visit provides the parent an opportunity to discuss many oral health issues with the dentist including issues such as finger sucking habits, feeding, and how/when to brush. I recommend using a very small (pea size) amount of fluoridated toothpaste on a soft brush as soon as the child has teeth. Your child's pediatric dentist will be able to provide you with several recommendations.

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Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University