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As a parent, it’s your job to keep your child’s oral health strong and successful. Now, you might not have realized this because your child’s baby teeth will fall out eventually, but their baby teeth are extremely important, which means it’s extremely important for you to take good care of them. To help you do so, Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry and our dental team have some instructions for you.

It’s important to clean your child’s smile regularly with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and water regularly. Please do not use toothpaste until your child is 3 years old. If your child has two teeth next to each other, please remember to also floss between them. If your child does not have teeth yet, you can clean their gums with a wet washcloth.

It’s also important to avoid swapping saliva with your child. This is recommended because sharing saliva can promote bacteria growth as well as cavity development. So, please avoid sharing utensils with your child, blowing on their food to cool it, and even licking their pacifier before you give it to them.

Lastly, it’s important to bring your child into our office no later than age 1. This is important because early dental visits can help our dental team ensure that your child’s smile is on the right track. They can also give you the chance to ask any questions you have about your child’s smile. They can also help your child feel more familiar and comfortable in the dental chair.

To learn more about how to help your child’s smile in Houston, Texas, please call TLN Family Dental at (713) 723-2600 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to teach you more so you can keep your child’s oral health in tip-top shape!