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Dentist offers tips on creating good dental hygiene routines
Updated: 6/11/2011 2:59:56 PM

Teaching kids good oral hygiene should start even before their first tooth erupts New parents may be overwhelmed by all of the work that goes into caring for a young child. A recent article published by the San Diego-based North County Times reminded adults not to forget about establishing good oral hygiene routines with their offspring.

Dentist Rebecca Cornille offered several tips on this topic. First, she told the newspaper that although infants do not begin to teethe until they are about 6 months old, parents should still clean the babies' gums with a damp washcloth in order to remove any debris from milk or formula.

Cornille explained that even children with only one or two teeth in their mouths should have these brushed regularly, and they should make their first trip to the dentist six months after the first tooth erupts.

Spaces between baby teeth are normal, the expert said, since these gaps leave space for larger adult teeth. She recommended that parents assist or monitor their kids while they brush their teeth until the age of 7.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a total of 42 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have dental caries in their primary teeth. This statistic indicates that it is essential for youngsters to receive guidance on good oral hygiene.

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