Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

The Best Dental Care Tips for Kids

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Children aren’t born knowing how to take care of their teeth. Parents need to help their kids develop good dental care habits so they can have a healthy smile. Find the best dentist for your kids and use these expert tips to start them on a healthy dental path.

Big Dental Care Steps for Little Kids

When should parents start taking care of their child’s teeth? The best dentist professionals say that dental care should start in infancy, even before the child has any teeth. They advise using water or gauze to gently clean the baby’s gums, as well as using a soft toothbrush and water to brush the baby’s first few teeth. But most dentists recommend these dental care guidelines:

  • 1 Year Old: A child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist should occur by their first birthday. Ask their pediatrician and other parents to recommend an affordable dentist for kids.
  • 2 Years Old: Parents need to start teaching their child how to brush their teeth.
  • 6 Years Old: The majority of kids start getting their permanent teeth around this time.
  • 7 Years Old: Once kids start acquiring their permanent teeth, they should be able to brush on their own.
  • All the Time: Throughout these years, parents should be teaching and encouraging good dental care to help kids develop healthy habits.

Dental Hygiene Hints to Teach to Children

Parents are responsible for helping their child develop good dental care habits. But many parents don’t know where to begin, so dentists suggest these practices for teaching kids how to care for their teeth:

  • Kids need to brush their teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
  • If the child eats or drinks something sugary, have them drink water or brush their teeth after afterward.
  • Children should brush for two full minutes with a tiny, pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Kids should floss at least once a day, but parents need to teach them how to floss safely and properly.
  • Parents must promote healthy snacking and offer snacks high in calcium to build stronger teeth.
  • Find an affordable dentist and take your child for regular visits. While at-home care is essential for a healthy smile, find the best dentist in Annapolis to detect problems, perform treatments, and provide knowledgeable advice.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

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Courteous and timely service. Minimal pain during treatment. Professional check out, billing and next appointment scheduling.
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MY daughter is happy
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CONFIDENCE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE TAKING CARE OF MY TEETH PROPERLY
Diane W.
My appointment began within 5 minutes of the scheduled time (virtually unheard of in the medical industry) and I was out of the office (after a cleaning and XRays in less than 45 minutes!)
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My experiences at Dental One in Annapolis have always been exemplary .The friendliness of the staff (Maxine especially) and the dentists, specialists, and technicians make it a joy to visit (I […]
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The staff here is wonderful. I haven’t had to wait after my appointment time and the Dentist is very attentive to my questions and concerns.
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Dr. Fooksman is wonderful.
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I had a very good experience.
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The staff rocks! You all are so nice and treat me with respect. You also take my insurance :)
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Michelle cleaned my teeth. She does an amazing job and if fast and efficient. Highly recommend Michelle at Dental One Dr Val for other major dental work !
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I like the people that work at Dental One, they are always nice and helpful.
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Great cleaning service.
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I was in & out fast!
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I like it there. They are really nice.
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Dr. Khleif was amazing. I was told I needed an operation by my dentist, Dr. Bjorklund, and he was able to fit me into his schedule with no problem. He was kind and explained the procedure so I knew […]
Kaitlin B.
The appointment was very fast and efficient. Although I had to change my schedule to make the appointment, I was still able to do other things in my day. The day wasn’t just a dentist appointment […]
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Always a pleasure to visit the dentist.
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Over the last 60 years or so that I’ve been going to the dentist, I’ve lived in 24 different places in the U.S. and overseas, and the level of care at Dental 1 is the best I’ve found.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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