Eggert Family Dentistry
Elizabeth C. Eggert, DDS
Jeffrey M. Eggert, DDS
700 Village Center Drive, Suite 120
North Oaks MN 55127

Children’s Oral Health

Some Tips for Excellent Oral Health for Kids

 Always brush at least twice each day
 Always floss at least once each day
 Clean the gum tissues of babies and toddlers daily with a wet cloth
 Start brushing a child’s teeth as soon as they erupt
 Children should have their first dental visit soon after the eruption of their
first tooth or by their first birthday, which ever is first
 It is best to use a non-fluoride toothpaste until children can effectively spit
out the excess toothpaste, usually around age 3
 Parents should brush for their children until about age 4
 Children 4-8 years old should still be supervised when brushing and flossing
and a parent should help at least once each day
 Limit juice (even all-natural), soda, chocolate milk, and other drinks that can
lead to decay; milk and water are the best drinks for teeth
 Use regular cups or transitional cups without a valve, not sippy cups with a
spill-proof valve
 Avoid gummy worms, fruit snacks, dried fruit, raisins, or other sticky snacks
 The permanent first molars usually erupt around age 6, placing sealants on
these teeth can help prevent future decay
 Children who play sports should use a mouth guard to prevent injuries
 It is critical for children to visit the dentist regularly to maintain a healthy
smile; at each dental “well visit” our team will
o Check on oral hygiene and give tips and instructions for optimal
o Identify injuries, cavities, or other problems
o Determine your child’s risk of getting tooth decay
o Assess how the teeth are developing
o Identify the need for future treatment for crooked teeth or a “bad bite”
o Provide advice to help you take care of your child’s oral health