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Care for your Toddler’s Teeth

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 11-01-2007

IIt is best for parents to start and establish an oral health routine with their toddlers at an early age. Their role and guidance in their children’s dental care is very important until at least the age of 5.

Sometimes, parents face many obstacles to simple activities like brushing teeth as toddlers tend to get cranky at bedtime or often forget to brush altogether. ‘Hygiene’ obviously does not mean much to children.

Here are a few tips on making oral hygiene a part of your children’s daily lives:

  • Wash early toddler teeth with a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze.

  • Rinse their mouths after every meal or after consumption of sugary treats.

  • Buy special ‘cartoon’ toothbrushes for reluctant toddlers. Let them select their own.

  • Let your children try to brush their own teeth in their own way before you instruct them how to.

  • Try to get the whole family to brush together. This makes it special for children.

  • Try getting your children a drinking fountain attachment. Kids like this way of washing their mouths.

  • Make rinsing and brushing the fun part of a game.
There’s also the fear of the dentist that every child suffers from. As a parent, you need to talk about the visit and try to:

  •  Screen dentists to make sure you find one that is child-friendly. You have one opportunity to avoid your kids having a life-long fear of dentists. An “adult dentist” won’t be right for your child.

  • Let them watch you get a checkup from the dentist.

  • Let your toddler sit in your lap for comfort on the dentist’s chair.

  •  Get a morning appointment as children are in a better mood at this time of the day.