How Do I Care For My Toddler’s Teeth?

Artistic Touch Dentistry wants you to know how best to care for your toddler’s teeth. Passing on good oral hygiene habits is one of the most important lessons you can teach your child. So make sure they are brushing twice a day, they know how to floss properly, and make sure you limit snacks and sugar intake.

Colgate recommended, “that children start their dental visits by the age of 2. In addition to giving your dentist a chance to monitor your child’s dental growth and development, this is your chance to learn about tooth development, the need for fluoride, how to help your child maintain proper oral hygiene, how to deal with your child’s oral habits (such as pacifier use), diet and nutrition, and how to prevent oral injuries.”

Your child’s teeth should start to come in at about 6 months and continue until age 3. This eruption of teeth may cause your child to have tender gums, which will often lead to irritability. Here are Colgate’s tips to property brush your toddler’s teeth:

  • Use a pea-sized amount of an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child doesn’t swallow the paste.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush inside surfaces of all teeth first, where plaque accumulates most. Angle bristles toward the gumline. Brush gently back and forth.
  • Clean all outside surfaces of teeth. Angle bristles toward the gumline. Brush gently back and forth.
  • Place brush so bristles are on the chewing surface of the teeth. Brush gently back and forth.

When you need to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy then give our staff at Artistic Touch Dentistry a call today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo or Dr. Janice Wahl.