Tooth decay can begin as early as age 1, and children with tooth decay are more likely to develop long-term oral health issues. Be sure to have your child brush his or her teeth for 2 minutes twice a day for a healthy smile! #2min2xDid you know that tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases? Start forming dental hygiene habits as soon as your baby gets his or her first tooth! Use a toothbrush specifically made for babies and a small smear of fluoride toothpaste (no bigger than a grain of rice).Help your child form good dental habits by using this monthly tooth brushing chart! Bring in at least one completed chart to your next PHN dental exam to receive a fun prize! (Link to tooth brushing chart)No matter how old your child is, dental hygiene plays an important part in their overall health. Check out this tip sheet from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for information on keeping your child’s teeth and mouth healthy at every age. http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/tips-for-parents/Dental hygiene may not seem important until your child’s adult teeth come in, but oral care should begin during infancy – your child should have his or her first dentist visit by age 1.