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Wayne Tofukuji, D.D.S. • 22330 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 312, Torrance, CA 90504 • (310) 375-7671
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Early Start: Great dental health for children

Healthy teeth and glowing smiles for life start early. The sooner you can get your child to develop great dental care habits, the better. This includes regular brushing, healthy eating and regular dental check-ups.

When should you start cleaning your baby’s teeth? As soon as the first teeth appear because even breast milk and formula contains sugar.

It’s recommended that you start cleaning your child’s teeth with a clean washcloth or gauze pad over your finger. A small brush can be used as more teeth erupt.

Ideally, you want to brush your child’s teeth right after eating to remove food particles. In addition, flossing your child’s teeth every day is vital for keeping teeth healthy and clean. Remember, a clean tooth cannot decay.

Healthy eating is also a key for a lifetime of healthy teeth and glowing smiles. Too many sugar-laden snacks and drinks will cause plaque and teeth decay, and years of eating and drinking these foods will cause dental problems. A healthy diet including fruits and vegetables will go a long way in keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy.

Finally, regular dental checks are important for a number of reasons. They keep your child familiar with coming to the dentist and encourage a confident attitude in your child about this good health practice.

Also, as your child develops and grows, regular dental check ups allow me to make sure there are no problems in dental and jaw development. Plus, if there are problems with decay or misalignment of the teeth or jaw, it is easier and less costly to treat at the earliest stages.

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