4 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

In some cases, the dentist can be a scary place for children. Here at Zwier Dentistry, we want to make sure your children are set for success in having healthy teeth! This means providing you, the parent, with ways to do so! Check out these four tips to keeping your child’s teeth healthy.


Start young! As soon as you start to see teeth you can get your child started on brushing. This is typically around three years old. Make sure to use a children’s soft-bristle toothbrush with a very tiny amount of toothpaste— we don’t want them to swallow fluoride. Also make sure that you are monitoring their brushing to ensure safety and proper technique.

Stages of Hygiene

When your child is still a baby, you should make strides to keep their gums clean by taking your finger and rubbing the gums with a cloth after feeding. You should expect your children to start brushing their own teeth at the age of seven with your supervision. Then, at about nine, they should have it under control!


Your parents told you, now it’s your turn to tell them— “Don’t eat that, it will give you cavities!” By encouraging your child to avoid soda, sugary drinks, candy, and more, you can significantly reduce their chance of cavities.

Visit Zwier Pediatric Dentistry!

In your child’s first complete exam, we will conduct a risk assessment and x-rays to evaluate the growth and structure of your child’s teeth. Here, we can tell if they are likely to have problems in the future. It is also important to ensure that your child has their regular six month cleaning to prevent cavities and decay.

To get your child on track for healthy teeth, schedule your appointment with Dr. Zwier in Grand Rapids today!