How do I look after my toddler’s teeth?
Believe it or not, child’s teeth need to be flossed as soon as they touch. Otherwise, bacteria living between the teeth can lead to dental decay that cannot be removed conventionally with a toothbrush. While this can be a difficult task, speak to your dentist who can provide some tips on how to floss your child’s teeth with the correct technique.
It is common for parents to feel their kids “fussing” when their teeth are being brushed. It is more important to be reminded of the responsibility as a parent to maintain a healthy mouth for your child. Some helpful tips to make tooth brushing a fun activity include:
- Allow them to choose their favourite song while brushing (2 minute duration)
- Create a tooth brushing chart and have them tick off each morning and night after you have brushed their teeth
- Lead by example by making sure you are also brushing twice a day and flossing, so that your children understand this is a natural part of life
Early dental visits provide an ideal opportunity for parents to be educated on milestones their children are reaching, for example expected dates for teeth to come through and to discuss habits such as thumb sucking. Prevention through early dental visits are always preferable than providing treatment if it can be avoided. Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the best ways to maintain good oral and overall health.