Brushing tip

If your toddler has his own toothbrush to hold while you brush, he won’t be as likely to grab at the one you’re trying to brush with.

Eat Oreos for better teeth

To help tots understand the importance of brushing, it can be sometimes fun and helpful to let him eat or drink something that will ‘stain’ his teeth temporarily, such as oreos, and then let him brush them clean.

Getting tots excited about brushing

Take your tot to the store and let him choose his own toothbrush and toothpaste. A colorful character on the brush’s handle may not inspire you, but it might make all the difference in coaxing your toddler to brush his teeth.

Choosing a toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, make sure that it is designed for a toddler and has soft bristles. This is very important for their toddler years. You can purchase these in the infant section of a department store.

Baby teeth are important

If you think that baby teeth aren’t important, you are wrong. These teeth reserve the space for permanent teeth. In addition, they also ensure that your baby speaks properly. Take care of an infant’s teeth, right from the time the first tooth comes out.

Learning to brush gums early

It may be too late for your already 2 year old, but a good tip is to start very early. You can brush your baby’s gums with a soft brush even before there are any teeth in there.

Brush teeth twice a day

Brush your child’s teeth twice a day until your child has the skill to handle the toothbrush alone (usually around 6-8 years old).

When to first go to the dentist

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you bring your child in within six months of the appearance of his first tooth.

Kids and cavities

A cavity is caused when holes are formed in a tooth’s enamel and dentin (outer 2 layers). Baby teeth are more porous than adult teeth, leaving tots vulnerable to cavities

Milk and tooth decay

Avoid giving bottle with milk or fruit juice to the baby lying in bed. This can develop nursing bottle mouth that may result in tooth decay.

Teeth brushing tip

Ask tot to sing a song as they brush or set a musical timer for 2 min to get in the habit of brushing for recommended length of time

Tooth tip

When brushing a toddler’s teeth, brush his tongue as well (if he’ll let you) to dislodge the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Night Nursing

By 12 months, many pediatricians recommend no more night nursings, because you risk cavities.

Tooth Decay in younger kids

Introduce juice in cup rather than bottle, so child won’t want to go to sleep drinking this from bottle.  It could cause tooth decay.

Teeth Brushing

Trouble getting your toddler to brush their teeth? Try Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrushes. These toothbrushes have music in them whenever it’s in their mouth. You’ve never seen teeth so clean.

The truth about brushing and flossing for kids

Kids with good teeth grow up to be adults with good teeth. If you teach your children how to brush and floss and take them to the dentist twice a year, they’ll have strong, healthy teeth.

Hazards of fluoride

A little fluoride is a good thing for your child’s teeth, but swallowing too much of it over time can lead to a condition called fluorosis that can cause white spots to show up on his adult teeth. From: BabyCenter.com

First Toothbrushes

Once your child’s teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child’s toothbrush.

Get your toddler a fun electric toothbrush

There are dozens on the market and children can select their favorite colors or characters. They are actually more effective than standard toothbrushes and children love using them.

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Practicing brushing teeth

Be a good role model. Let your toddler watch you brush and floss your teeth regularly and properly.

Brush your teeth side by side while modeling and explaining proper tooth brushing techniques.

From: planningfamily.com.