3-Year-Olds Oral Health Checklist

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provide the following advice for the oral health of 3-year-olds.

  • Your child should have 20 baby teeth
  • Limit sodas, juice and drinks containing caffeine
  • Encourage milk and water for drinking
  • Limit snacking between meals
  • Brush teeth twice a day with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Examine your child's teeth
  • Have regular dental check-ups

For additional information on this Health Topic, contact the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or your pediatrician.

Your child's first dental visit should be six months following the eruption of the first primary tooth or no later than age one.


Last Updated 03/2012