Caring for our Tots Teeth

Cavities can occur as soon as baby teeth are exposed to food and oral bacteria, so as soon as you can see some pearly whites, pick up a keiki toothbrush and ADA approved toothpaste and start to brush their teeth, twice a day. It doesn’t take much toothpaste: pea sized amount for kids 3 years or older, and a grain of rice sized amount for kids under 3. Flossing should start anywhere teeth touch each other: child-friendly plastic flossers can really help.
Is sharing really caring? Maybe not when it comes to saliva: cavity and gum disease causing germs can be passed on, so be mindful when sharing food or cleaning a dropped pacifier in your mouth before returning to baby.

When thirsty, water works best, and can prevent “baby bottle decay”.In a year of first milestones, your keiki’s 1st dental visit should occur as their first teeth appear, and no later than their 1st birthday. Why so early? Being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep their smile healthy for life. This first visit can be light and fun and instructional and helps establish a great, positive association and routine, for keiki and you!