Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth: 6 Things You Should Know

 Toddler brushing teethWhen it comes to your toddler’s health, only the best will do! So learn how to take care of a toddler’s teeth with these oral health tips:

  1. Teach Proper Brushing and Flossing – Before your child has teeth, you can very gently brush their gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Once their teeth come in, an adult should gently brush them 2 times a day. Generally, children need help brushing until they are roughly 6. They will need help properly flossing until they’re about 10.
  2. Fight “Baby Bottle Decay” – Juice, formula, and milk all contain sugars that feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Falling asleep with a bottle in your toddler’s mouth can worsen this affect leading to tooth decay. If you child sleeps with a bottle, make sure it only contains water to avoid baby bottle decay.
  3. Be Careful of Juice – Juice is often marketed as a healthy drink choice, but it is full of sugars. As such, you should limit your child’s juice consumption.
  4. Don’t Overuse a Sippy Cup – A sippy cup is a popular tool for helping to wean a child off of bottles, but when full of sugary drinks, this can lead to tooth decay.
  5. Don’t Overuse a Pacifier – By age 2 or 3, it’s generally recommended that a child should stop using a pacifier. Too much pacifier use can change the shape of your child’s mouth and mess up the alignment of their teeth.
  6. Get a Checkup! – By baby’s first birthday, they should see a dentist. Early detection of potential problems can lead to healthy teeth and gums and will save money in the long run.

If you have a toddler in your family, contact us for all their Cummings dental care needs!

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