Tips for Toddler Teeth Care
First, find out if your water is fluoridated, or if your water purifier takes out fluoride. If so, you will want to talk to your pediatrician about possible fluoride supplements. Fluoride will help your toddler’s teeth enamel to become hard, which will prevent cavities and other oral diseases.
Encourage your toddler to brush his teeth at least two times per day. Make it fun! Let your toddler pick out his own toothbrush. You can also get special, age-appropriate toothpaste, which will taste good to him and isn’t harmful if he swallows it. If your toddler uses regular toothpaste, make sure you demonstrate “spitting” so he doesn’t ingest it.
As a parent, it’s ideal for you to brush your toddler’s teeth for her. She may not let you every time, but when she’s being cooperative, use her brush and try to get to any teeth she might miss. Once your toddler is a little older, brush alongside her to model how it works. Narrate what you’re doing by saying, “Now, I’m going to brush my front teeth. Next, I’m going to get my teeth way back there!”
After your toddler turns three, he is old enough to visit the dentist. You can schedule an appointment at your regular dentist, or you can search out a pediatric dentist who specializes in children’s teeth.