Dr. Kenneth D. Clarke

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Your Child's Teeth

Birth to three years
Baby Teeth Eruption Chart
Three to five years
Permanent Teeth Eruption Chart

Birth to three years

  • Use a clean cloth to wipe your baby's gums and teeth after each feeding.
  • As soon as teeth appear, brush your baby's teeth at least twice a day using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water (no toothpaste).
  • Once a month, lift your baby's top lip and check for decay. Look at the front and back of the top four teeth. If you see white or brown spots, take your baby to the dentist.
  • When your baby is able to sit up alone, have your baby drink from a training cup.
  • Never use corn syrup or sweeteners on a soother.
  • Germs that cause cavities are passed from person to person. Never put your baby's soother or spoon in your mouth or allow sharing with other.
  • If your baby sleeps with a bottle, use only water.
  • Toddlers should stop using bottle between 18 months and two years of age.
  • At two years of age, start taking your child to the dentist. Your child should visit the dentist regularly.

    Baby Teeth Eruption Chart

    Baby Teeth Eruption Chart

    Three to five years

  • At three years of age, start using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your child's teeth. Toddlers cannot brush their teeth properly, so you will have to do it for them. Be sure to rinse toothpaste from your child's mouth and do not let your child swallow or eat toothpaste.
  • Brush twice a day, especially before bedtime.
  • Use a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste about the size of a match head to the toothbrush. Be sure to bush the hard-to-reach molars near the back.
  • At three years of age, start flossing your child's teeth.
  • Permanent Teeth Eruption Chart

    Permanent Teeth Eruption Chart