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1-3 Years Old

Brush child’s teeth twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice.  If your toddler does not like having his/her teeth brushed, here are some ways to make it fun:

  • Allow your child to decide where tooth brushing will take place.
  • Watch a tooth brushing video online.
  • Turn on a favorite television show during brushing time.
  • Allow your child to choose his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste at the store.
  • Ask your child’s medical doctor or dentist about a simple fluoride application that can be given at the office.
  • Wean baby from the bottle by age 1. Now your baby should be drinking water from a sippy cup. Offer your child milk in a sippy cup during mealtimes as well as a maximum of 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day. When your child is not having a meal, the sippy cup should only contain water.
  • Check your baby’s teeth for spots and stains. Ask his/her medical doctor or dentist about any problems you notice.
  • Children should have their first dental check up by age 1. Schedule a visit with a dentist or ask your child’s medical doctor to look at his/her teeth.