Preventing Tooth Decay in Toddlers

Preventing Tooth Decay in Toddlers

Toddlers and teeth can be a tricky combo!  Here’s some tips to prevent tooth decay in toddlers and children!

  • Take good care of your own oral health.  Kids watch everything that we do.  When they see you brush, floss and take care of your teeth daily, they will do the same.
  • Take good care of your baby’s teeth.
    • Birth to 12 months. Keep your baby’s mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean cloth.
    • 12 to 36 months. Brush your child’s teeth 2 times a day. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste on the brush (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice).  Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 9.22.04 PMSince the fluoride found in toothpaste is clearly not meant to be swallowed, make sure to help  child while brushing. When they are old enough, tell her to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
    • 3 – 6 years. Brush your child’s teeth 2 times a day. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush.
  • Never put your child to bed with a bottle or food.
  • Give your child a bottle only during meals.
  • Teach your child to drink from a regular cup as soon as possible, preferably by 12 to 18 months of age.
  • If your child must have a bottle or sippy cup for long periods, fill it with water only. 
  • Don’t let your child eat sweet or sticky foods, like candy, gummies, cookies, or fruit roll-ups.
  • Serve juice only during meals and limit it to 4 to 6 ounces per day.

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