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As your child grows, it’s important to take good care of their teeth and gums so they can grow into the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve. However, sometimes that task difficult if you’re not sure what to do. So, our Merrill Ranch Family Dental Center team is more than happy to help you help your child by giving you the information you need to fully understand your child’s oral health. We would like to do so by giving you the answers to the following questions:

When will my child’s teeth come in?
Usually, the first tooth that erupts from the gums, which is typically the central incisor on the lower jaw, will appear around six months of age. The rest of the teeth will slowly grow in with time. By the time your child is three years old, they should have a full smile.

When should I take my child into the dentist?
It’s usually recommended to bring your child into the office for their first checkup with their dentist in Florence, Arizona, six months after their first tooth has erupted or by the time they turn one year old.

How can I help my child stop sucking their thumb?
There are many things you can do to help your child stop the thumb-sucking habit. Those things are:

-Praise your child when they refrain from sucking their thumb.
-Comfort your child when needed.
-Create a plan or method for stopping.
-Bandage the thumb or place a sock over the hand at night.

How do I care for my child’s teeth?
Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, it’s best to brush it twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. It’s also recommended to begin flossing your child’s smile once they have two teeth grow in next to each other.

If you would like to know more about your child’s oral health or if you have questions that weren’t included in this blog, please feel free to call 520-413-9714 and talk to a member of our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cameron Blyth, DDS and Dr. Joshua Dorris, DMD if your child needs a dental checkup. We are happy to help you!