Bringing your child in twice per year for cleanings and exams is important to helping them learn the value of maintaining healthy teeth and gums from a young age. However, maintaining a regular oral care routine at home plays an even bigger role in your child’s oral health. For children six years old and younger, use a soft bristle brush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste or less and help them brush their teeth for approximately two minutes, twice per day. For babies who don’t have teeth yet, use a damp washcloth to wipe their gums to clear away bacteria. Even though baby teeth are not permanent, it is still important to keep them clean and healthy, and introduce positive dental habits to kids from a young age in the hope that they will continue those good habits well into adulthood.