Tips for your child's mouth and teeth health:
- Take your child to the dentist when the first tooth appears or by his or her first birthday.
- Clean your baby's gums with plain water and a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for infants.
- Start using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste on your child's brush at age 2 to 3. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste.
- Baby teeth are important. Not only do they help children learn to speak and chew naturally, they hold the place for permanent teeth until they are ready to erupt.
- Children should not fall asleep with a bottle. Juice and other high sugar beverages should be given in a cup, never from a bottle.
- Let children brush while you watch. Help them until they can brush by themselves. This is usually around age 7.
- Encourage children to chew sugarless gum and stay away from sticky candy.
- If your child plays sports, make sure he or she always wears a mouth guard.
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*DentaQuest is an independent company that manages dental benefits for BlueCare and TennCareSelect members. DentaQuest does not provide BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee branded products or services.