3 Tips on Keeping Your Toddler’s Teeth Healthy

There are a variety of ways to ensure that your toddler is taking the best care of their teeth and oral hygiene, starting with you. Taking the time to instill healthy habits at the earliest age possible will set your child’s smile up for success.

1. Start Early: The early bird catches the worm and, in this case, practicing oral hygiene early can prevent a numerous amount of issues. A child’s permanent teeth start developing around the age of six, but gum disease and decay can be preventable before the permanent teeth come in.

2. Create Healthy Habits: It’s important for parents to instill healthy dental hygiene habits within their children by practicing it together. When you incorporate brushing twice a day and flossing daily within your child’s routine, it will carry on throughout their adulthood. During these impressionable times it’s important for parents to encourage their kids to have a habit of brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes, whether it is by incorporating a fun game, special toothpaste or bribery, as long as it gets the job done. Children mirror their parent’s behavior and attitude towards specific actions so make sure you are giving them a positive attitude to mirror.

3. Refrain From Giving Sugar: There are a variety of snacks and juices for toddlers that contain way too much sugar that can cause tooth decay. By refraining from giving these items as an option for your young children, you will save them from early exposure to decay and future dental health issues. Introducing healthier alternatives at the earlier stages of a child’s life can avert unhealthy eating habits as well as taking care of their baby and permanent teeth.

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