Just because your toddler’s baby teeth will someday wind up with the tooth fairy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the time now to properly care for them.
Regular brushing is needed to help remove the build-up on teeth that results from sugars found in juice and many foods.
While fluoride can be an important and effective tool in the prevention of cavities, it can be a problem with toddlers who haven’t learned to spit out toothpaste. Excessive fluoride consumption can result in an unsightly spotting of the permanent teeth. Until children are able to spit out the toothpaste, parents should consider using a fluoride-free toothpaste such as Orajel Toddler Training toothpaste, which is safe if swallowed when used as directed.
Other tips for caring for young teeth include:
- Flossing when at least two teeth begin to touch.
- Starting dental visits by the child’s first birthday and continue with regular visits after that.
- Make brushing time more fun and inviting by allowing your toddler to bring along a ‘friend’ – such as a favorite stuffed animal or doll – to the sink so she can also have her teeth brushed.
- Choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles.