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Healthy kids’ teeth: 5 essential tips August 14, 2009

This article is from my Parenting column on

Good dental hygiene is essential to the health of your mouth. Help teach your children proper oral hygiene. Parents should begin cleaning their child’s teeth the moment a first tooth erupts. (Some babies can begin to get teeth as early a four months of age,) Dentist Dr. Dan Smith offers his Top 5 Tips to keeping your child’s pearly whites healthy. 

Preventative care early on can help prevent cavities and painful procedures for the child in the future. Not only does a clean, healthy smile help your child look (even more!) adorable, good oral hygiene contributes to total body health and well-being.

1. “Be sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste,” says Dr. Smith. This does not mean a quick once-over with a brush but, watch as your child brushes each surface of their teeth for two full minutes.

2. “Replace your kid’s toothbrush every three to four months,” according to Dr. Smith. The tell tale sign that a new toothbrush is needed is frayed bristles. A brush with worn down bristles won’t do a good job of cleaning your child’s teeth.

3. “Have your child floss daily,” states Dr. Smith. All that sugar will build up between teeth and under gums. Flossing helps remove the plaque and food particles that have accumulated.

4. “Feed your child a balanced diet,” claims Dr. Smith. It is okay to indulge your kid’s sweet tooth but only from time to time. It is paramount to feed your little one a balanced diet of fruit, veggies, dairy, protein, and carbs.

5. “Schedule your child regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and oral exams.” Last but not least, a check-up every six months is recommended by Dr. Smith in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

Dr. Smith frequently lectures on implant dentistry and is the director of Focus Dental Institute for Implant Reconstruction as well as co-director of Focus Center of Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Please visit to learn more.

For more info: Daniel Smith, D.D.S., F.A.G.D in 1981 graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry. He maintains memberships in several organizations including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, the International College of Implantology, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additionally, he was awarded a mastership and diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2005.

Dr. Dan Smith’s office, Focus Dentistry, is located at
28040 Dorothy Dr,Ste 203
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-4916


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3 Responses to “Healthy kids’ teeth: 5 essential tips”

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