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Tooth decay can start as soon as teeth have erupted from the gumline. Therefore, it is important to develop great oral hygiene habits a soon as your child has teeth. But how do you take care of the mouth of so small a person? Here are some tips for hygiene habits of children under the age of 3.

Teething: Teething can be a difficult stage, for both babies and parents! Normal teething symptoms of babies can include:
-irritability
-fussiness
-sleepless
-drool more than usual
-loss of appetite

However, it should be noted that diarrhea, fever and rashes are NOT normal teething symptoms. If your child has any abnormal symptoms, take them to see a physician as soon as possible.

Toothpaste: As soon as your child’s teeth are above the gumline, it is time for fluoride toothpaste. Use a very small smear, about the size of a grain of rice (once the child is 3 years old, start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste). Choose a toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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

To schedule an appointment in Peabody, Massachusetts, call Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC at 978.535.2500. Drs. Zicherman, Lago and our team look forward to seeing you and your child!