Dental Care for Toddlers

Brush twice daily

To prevent tooth decay, toddlers should brush twice daily, morning and night, with fluoride toothpaste (after 18 months) using a small soft toothbrush. Even though baby teeth will fall out anyway, it’s essential to brush to prevent cavities, which can lead to discomfort/pain and infection. Don’t forget to encourage brushing the tongue  which helps to remove unwanted substances, such as food particles and bacteria, to keep the mouth healthy and clean.

Encouraging toddlers to brush their teeth

Like many young families, getting your kids to brush their teeth regularly may be a challenge. If this is the case, try the following:

Brush your own teeth at the same time so they can model you

Sing or play a song while they’re brushing

Start their bedtime story while brushing

Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste in the supermarket

Let them squeeze the toothpaste on

Bring along their favourite toy

Importantly make brushing a non negotiable part of their morning and nighttime routine.

Make teeth brushing fun for toddlers with music

Stay away from sugar before bed

Kids must be careful about what they eat and drink right before bed. Sugary foods and drinks coat you teeth and gums as you sleep, leading to acid attacks while you sleep.

This acid will eventually lead to tooth decay because it slowly weakens enamel creating cavities in the teeth.

Visiting the dentist

If you notice any misalignment of the teeth or jaw as your child’s teeth grow, make an appointment with a children’s dentist. Remember that baby teeth often have gaps to allow larger adult teeth to come through.

Always make a visit to the dentist a positive experience. Never use the dentist as a threat for not brushing teeth or other behaviour.

Dental trauma & first aid

If you notice any signs that your child’s teeth or gums are injured, they must visit the dentist immediately. Most dental injuries occur during sports, which means they should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard. This way, active children playing contact sports feel safe and can avoid dental trauma and emergency visits.