CARE FOR YOUR TODDLER
dental care is very important for your kid right from those
first teeth and continues through adulthood. The common problem
that your child will face is tooth decay caused due to exposure
to sugary liquids for long periods. Among these are milk (including
breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids.
When a baby is put to bed with a bottle, the liquid drips
into the mouth continuously. It collects around the teeth
as long as the bottle is in the mouth. The decay is caused
because of this since your baby goes to sleep with the milk
in her mouth and is like sending the baby to bed with a mouthful
of candy, resulting in tooth decay. Gums can become inflamed
are guidelines, which you should follow while taking dental
care for your toddler.
to 6 months
- Clean mouth every time after
feedings and at bedtime.
- Regulate feeding habits.
6 to 12 Months
- Begin to brush teeth after each
feeding and at bedtime with small, soft-bristled brush using
a NON-fluoridated infants tooth and gum cleaner.
12 to 24 Months
- Continue using NON-fluoridated
- Most Primary teeth have erupted
24 Months Plus
- Start to use fluoridated toothpaste
ONLY when child has learned to spit it out and is able to
effectively rinse afterwards.
Cleaning the teeth
Brush gently, moving the brush
in small circles where possible Finish each circle before
moving on to adjacent teeth. Follow a sequence such as the
one described below:
- Outside top, circular motion.
- Outside bottom, circular motion.
- Inside top, circular motion.
- Inside bottom, circular motion.
- Chewing surfaces, back and forth
Don't forget the surfaces between
any missing teeth. They must be brushed too. Make sure that
the bristles of the brush reach those areas. Flossing: Brushing
does not reach areas between teeth that are tightly contacting
each other. These areas need proper cleaning as much the other
It is best to take your child to
the dentist between six and twelve months of age. The earlier
you begin, the better it is for you to take care of your child's
dental care. It also gives better chance to your dentist to
prevent problems. In addition to examining your child for
decay and other problems, the dentist will teach you how to
properly clean your child's teeth daily, evaluate any adverse
habits such as thumb sucking, and identify your child's fluoride
needs. Your child's visit to the dentist should normally be
after every six months but this largely depends on his eating
habits, how clean his or her teeth are kept etc.