Friendly Tips: Things You Can Do to Care for Your Child’s Teeth
Once your child reaches 2 years old, they can begin brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure not to use too much. Just a drop the size of a pea is good enough for now. Also, make sure they are able to spit and rinse properly. They should be able at this age, but it’s not uncommon to have to wait an extra year.
While brushing 3 times a day is recommended, brushing at least twice a day for slightly longer is just fine as long as they are properly flossing, as well.
Try to keep in mind that until around 9 or 10 years old, your child lacks the dexterity and mobility needed to brush the entire surface area of their teeth. They will need adult assistance to perform these complex movements, including flossing, until then.
We understand that completely removing sticky sweets such as fruit roll-ups and dried fruits may prove difficult. Try to reduce consumption whenever possible, and limit sodas and other sugary snacks as much as possible. When your child does partake in goody eating, just make sure they brush and floss immediately after to avoid sugar sitting on their pearly whites for too long.
Once your child’s permanent molars come in completely, you may want to consider sealants. Sealants will protect the chewing surface, keeping them safe from the rigors of acids due to food and plaque buildup.
Thumb sucking that persists after your child has their first adult tooth can lead to numerous oral health complications, including crooked teeth and improper mouth development. If this is the case, please let us know right away. There are options to explore that can help correct this habit.
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