Brush twice dailyTo 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:
Importantly make brushing a non negotiable part of their morning and nighttime routine.
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.