Proper Dental Hygiene for Toddlers
Grin, smile, and show us your happy face! Baby teeth are everything to smile about. As a parent, your child’s well-being is paramount, and oral hygiene is a crucial part of their overall health. Caring for your toddler’s oral hygiene starts with you. Once you have trained them on how to maintain their white pearls, you will have set them on a lifetime of brilliant health.
1. Go For a Checkup
Your baby should see a dentist before or shortly after their first birthday. Starting preventative care from an early age will save you tons of money on the long haul. If you are worried about the charges, don’t be. Dental expenses for kids under five years are 40 percent lower than for older kids. The dentist will explain the importance of dental hygiene and how to ensure your kid has healthy gums and teeth. They will also identify any issues early and recommend proper treatment.
2. Avoid “Baby Bottle Decay”
Don’t put your toddler down for a nap with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice. Sugary drinks cling to the teeth, thus feeding bacteria that may result in tooth decay. If you must give your little one a bottle to take to bed, ensure it only contains water.
3. Ditch the Pacifier
There are many benefits of allowing your toddler to use a pacifier, but in the long term, it might influence the teeth’s line up. Pacifiers may also alter the shape of the mouth. Consider stopping the use of a pacifier by age two. If you aren’t sure, talk to a doctor about it.
4. Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth
Brushing teeth is a critical step in ensuring proper oral hygiene. When doing it, consider this routine:
- Sit or stand behind your little one so that they feel secure. Make sure there is a mirror in front so that you see your child’s mouth
- Place your toddler’s chin in your hands with the head resting against your chest
- Place the bristles on the gum and move it in gentle circles to clean the inner and outer sides of teeth and gums
- Brush the chewing surfaces of your baby’s teeth
- Proceed to brush their tongue gently
- Encourage your toddler to brush without swallowing the residue. When they start using toothpaste, ask them to spit it out. You don’t have to rinse after brushing since the little amount of fluoride left helps to protect your kid’s teeth
- When using an electric toothbrush, avoid moving it in circles. Keep your and still, and guide the brush around gums and teeth.
5. Get the Right Toothbrush
Choose the right toothbrush, particularly one that is made for kids aged one to two years. Such brushes have tiny oval heads and soft bristles. They also have cushioned handles and cartoon designs that your child will like. The design of an electric toothbrush might also appeal to your kid. Some electric brushes give a cleaner outcome than manual brushes. Go for the one that your toddler prefers.
6. Find Ways of Making Brushing Easy
- Many toddlers don’t like brushing their teeth. However, a quick brush is better than none. Check out these ideas of making brushing easier
- Sing to your baby while brush. Try this, “This is how we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, every day.”
- Allow your toddler to hold their toy as you clean their teeth
- Pretend that the toothbrush is a train that is traveling on the tracks of your kid’s teeth.
7. Keep Track of Time
Experts recommend that kids brush twice a day. It is advisable to clean their teeth for at least two minutes. Allow your child to flip over the timer when you start brushing them.