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Just as brushing your teeth is highly effective for adults of any age, it is also important for young children as well. Brushing a child’s teeth helps prevent tooth decay and ensures their teeth can continue to grow and function as intended. However, they cannot do it themselves, so they must require the help of another to brush their teeth for them. Here are some tips to help:

– Always make sure you’re brushing your child’s teeth effectively at least twice per day until they can do so themselves.
– Before your child is at least 1, it is important to bring them in to see their pediatric dentist for a comprehensive examination and professional cleaning as necessary.
– Never share any tools with your child. This includes brushes or other cleaning objects. Doing so can transfer bacteria to your child if you are not careful.
– Limit the amount of toothpaste given to your children. Only use a rice-sized dab of toothpaste for children under 3 or a pea-sized dab of toothpaste for children older than 3 but younger than 6.
– Your child’s diet can play a key role in their oral health, so make sure they are eating healthy foods.

The time is now to enhance your child or loved one’s smile with care from Dr. Richard Ruffalo and our team at our office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pediatric Dentistry South is here to help, so call us at 412-257-1150 to book an appointment.