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Oral Health Tips for Children 

Bucks County’s Top Pediatric Dentist

At Highpoint Dental Medicine, we believe a healthy smile is essential for a child’s overall well-being.  Just like their bodies are growing and changing, so are their teeth, and it’s important to take care of them. Here, we’ll provide you with some key oral health tips for children, from infancy to adolescence, to set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. 

Brushing Basics

Even Before the First Tooth: Even before your baby has teeth, it’s important to clean their gums. Gently wipe their gums twice a day with a damp washcloth after feedings to remove bacteria and sugars that can contribute to cavities later.

Start Brushing Early: As soon as that first pearly white peeks through, it’s time for a toothbrush! Use a soft-bristled infant toothbrush with a tiny amount of water to brush twice a day.

Help With Brushing: For young children, brushing can be a challenge. Until they develop the dexterity to brush effectively (around age 6), supervise and assist them. Make it a fun activity by singing songs or using a timer to ensure a two-minute brushing session.

Fluoride: When your child is around 3 years old, you can introduce a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Since they might still be swallowing toothpaste, choose a flavor they like but emphasize spitting it out, not swallowing.


Flossing is just as important for children as it is for adults, but the age they can start varies.

Around Age 3: Once your child’s teeth start to touch, flossing becomes crucial. However, their little hands might not be ready for it yet. Consider using a floss holder or partnering with them to gently floss between teeth.

Leading by Example: Children learn best by watching. Make flossing a part of your own nighttime routine and let them see how you do it.

Food Choices for Healthy Teeth

Just like the rest of their body, a child’s teeth thrive on a healthy diet. Here are some tips:

Limit Sugary Drinks and Snacks: Sugary drinks and snacks create an acidic environment in the mouth, which can lead to cavities. Opt for water, milk, or unsweetened drinks. Choose fruits and vegetables over sugary treats.

Calcium: Calcium is essential for strong teeth. Include plenty of calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, and leafy green vegetables in your child’s diet.

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental visits are vital for maintaining good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist by their first birthday and then for checkups and cleanings every six months.  These visits allow dentists to identify potential problems early on, when they’re easier and less expensive to treat. 

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment With Our Bucks County Pediatric Dentist Today!

By following these tips and fostering healthy oral hygiene habits from a young age, you can help your child develop a bright, healthy smile that will last a lifetime.  At Highpoint Dental Medicine, we’re committed to providing exceptional dental care for your entire family. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment! 

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