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Toddler dental care

Leila Haywood

If you’re the parent of a toddler, you’ll be well aware that you’re in possession of a full-speed-ahead bundle of energy. Getting them to do anything can be a challenge, but when it comes to their oral health, it’s important that you teach them early on that they need to look after their teeth and gums.

 

Get started early

Waiting until your child has a full set of teeth before they visit the dentist for the first time might seem sensible, but the general rule of thumb is that this visit should happen by 12 months old or when their first tooth becomes visible. Early dental visits will help protect your child from tooth decay by educating you on what you need to do to keep their teeth healthy.

 

Brushing your child’s teeth

One of the first things your dentist will discuss with you is the importance of teaching you how to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Initially using just cold water on a soft children’s toothbrush – toothpaste can be used from around 18 months of age – you should gently brush each tooth and massage the gum using a soft, circular motion.

 

And yes, even flossing is necessary as soon as two teeth touch; your dentist can show you the correct technique if you’re not sure. You can make cleaning your toddler’s teeth more fun by creating a brushing game, put on their favourite song or find a toothbrush or toothpaste with a beloved TV character on it.

 

Stopping the rot

Kids will often put a fight when it comes to cleaning their teeth but the reality is if it’s not done regularly, tooth decay can set in, with a host of painful problems resulting including the removal of teeth in extreme cases.

 

Along with a twice-daily regime of brushing and flossing, try to limit their consumption of sugary foods and drinks such as lollies, soft drinks, and even savoury biscuits, snack bars and muffins. If you do give your child a snack – it’s best to stick to meal times only and limit grazing – choose unprocessed food like vegetables, cheeses and lean meats.

 

Checking for decay

You can easily check the state of your child’s teeth by lifting their top and bottom lips and checking for white patches, which are the early warning signs for decay, and can be reversed. Grey, brown or black spots indicate more serious decay; in either case, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

toddler dental care

Baby teeth are so important

Leila Haywood

Although primary (or baby) teeth are only present during early childhood years, they play an important role in the development of your child’s smile and long term oral health.

This is because primary teeth:

  • Help protect developing adult teeth
  • Prevent jaw bone loss and gum deterioration
  • Retain space within the mouth for the correct positioning of adult teeth
  • Support the development of your child’s jaw and facial structure

It is highly important to invest in the health of your child’s baby teeth by maintaining a comprehensive at home dental care routine and visiting the dentist and dental hygienist every six months for a check-up, or yearly at least.

TOP TIPS TO CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS' TEETH

1. Give your baby and toddler whole and unprocessed foods, as much as is possible.

2. There is no reason to ever give your baby or toddler anything with refined sugars, including cakes, biscuits, lollies, ice-cream and sugary drinks, including juices. Some fruit or cheese is a good little treat.

3. Breast feed your baby as long as is possible, and as long as your are comfortable.

4. Never add anything to formula or milk in a bottle or cup. Adding honey or something like that will not make your baby sleep better. 

5. Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they come through, around 6 months of age, but don't worry if they come through later than this.

6. Do brush your toddler's teeth even if they get upset with you about this. The night time brushing is incredibly important to remove all of the food debris that gets stuck in the back teeth to prevent decay.

7. It sounds impossible, but if you can, floss your toddler's teeth from 2.5 years of age.

8. Take your toddler to the dentist around the age of 2.5 for a gentle introduction and ride in the chair, and to make regular dental preventive care a part of life for your child. Six monthly dental checks are best. Polishes with the dentist are normally done around the age of 5 to keep the teeth stain-free.

9. Use a baby toothbrush twice a day from when the teeth come through, and use the smallest dab of child's toothpaste. Keep the toothpaste away from your baby and treat it like a medicine. Change your baby's toothbrush regularly.

10. The baby teeth are critically important to keep the bite in the correct place, and toddlers are often seen with draining and painful abscesses which require General Anaesthetic work with Dental specialists. Although they do all fall out by the time your child is a teenager, the condition of the baby teeth is a marker of how the adult teeth will most likely be.

Good habits from a very early age create good habits for life.

These angels are some of our lovely little patients

These angels are some of our lovely little patients

Dentist children Spring Hill baby teeth