Oral Care and Toddlers
Raising a toddler is busy work! Sometimes oral hygiene takes a backseat, but it is important to ensure that you are keeping your little one’s teeth clean. For instance, did you know that 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 develop a cavity in their primary teeth? It is important to instil good oral practices in your children from a young age to set them on the right path for a healthy mouth.
Take good care of baby teeth
Just because baby teeth are not permanent, does not mean that they are not important! Your toddler’s baby teeth serve as “space savers” for their permanent teeth and losing them too early can result in problems with their adult teeth.
Use the right amount of toothpaste for your toddler
Toddlers mouths are not the same size as yours, and thus, they do not require the same amount of toothpaste. You should brush your child’s teeth morning and night with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste using a soft bristled brush. Wondering when to start brushing? Well, the best time is when their first tooth erupts.
No sugary drinks at bedtime
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay occurs when you allow your child to go to sleep with juice, formula or breast milk. When this pools in your child’s mouth overnight, the chances of decay increase. On this note, you should also not allow your child to sit with a sippy cup for an extended period of time if it contains fruit juice. Rather ensure that the sippy cup contains water. This is because when a child takes sips of sugary drinks like fruit juice for an extended period of time, they’re exposed to a higher risk of decay.
Bring your toddler to the dentist!
You can indeed bring your toddler for a visit to the dentist, in fact, you should! Your dentist will be able to pick up on any issues and if you bring your toddler regularly, you will be able to help prevent decay before it arises. You should also speak to your dentist if you notice any issues with your child’s teeth so that those can be seen to and treated if necessary.