Adopting good habits to take care of your teeth starts in the first months of your child’s life. Here are some key tips to keep the health of this smile that melts you.
- Clean your child’s teeth every day … even if he does not have one yet!
Even before babies have their first teeth, it is recommended to clean their gums with a damp cloth after every drink and every meal.
- Help your toddler brush his teeth.
Since children are not good at brushing their teeth, you should supervise brushing your child’s teeth until at least 6 years old. A good brushing of the teeth lasts from two to three minutes. In toddlers, it is done by rotating movements (not horizontal), without pressing too much on the brush.
- Limit the amounts of fluoride toothpaste.
For toddlers, it is recommended to use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, the equivalent of a pea for those aged between 2 and 6 years old. It is important to monitor that the child does not swallow the fluoride toothpaste to prevent dental fluorosis, which is characterized by the appearance of white spots on the child’s teeth, to develop.
- Show the example.
As you have probably noticed, your child loves to imitate you! So show your example by adopting yourself, as well as your family members, healthy lifestyle and dental hygiene. Try to make the moment of brushing your teeth fun and adopt a positive and encouraging attitude.
- Pay attention to what your child is wearing.
A newborn’s mouth does not contain the bacteria that cause tooth decay . They are transmitted to him when he brings to his mouth objects (pacifiers, toys, utensils, etc.) or food contaminated with the saliva of an adult or another child. It is also discouraged to let babies sleep or fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice, because these liquids contain sugar that can destroy tooth enamel.
- See a dentist every year.
Regular visits to the dentist help prevent dental problems, such as cavities or gum disease, which require longer, more expensive and more stressful treatments for the child than a simple dental examination. Also, during your routine visits, do not hesitate to ask all your questions about the proper way to take care of your toddler’s teeth.