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Proper dental habits needs to begin as soon as teeth have erupted above the gumline. But how do you take care of the teeth of such a small child? Here are some tips for caring for teeth for children under the age of 3.

Teething: Teething can be a difficult time for both babies and parents! Babies can get grumpy, fussy and sleepless. They can also drool more than usual, or even lose their appetite–these are all normal symptoms of teething. However, diarrhea, fever and rashes are NOT normal teething symptoms. If your child has any of these abnormal symptoms, take them to see a physician as soon as possible.

Toothpaste: As soon as you can see the child’s teeth above the gumline, it is time for fluoride toothpaste. A very small amount will do (about the size of a grain of rice). Once your child is 3 years old, you can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to use a toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the safety of your child.

Baby’s First Dental Visit: Your child’s first dental visit should occur after their first tooth, but before their first birthday. This allows the dentist to make sure all teeth are coming in properly and that your child’s mouth is free of tooth decay and other oral infection.

To schedule an appointment in Fontana, California, call Palm Court Dental at 909-829-3994. Dr. Neal Vavra and our team look forward to seeing you and your child!