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.

Cleaning schedule for baby’s teeth

Your toddler will need her teeth cleaned at least twice a day. After breakfast and after her evening meal are ideal times because cavities form when the naturally occurring bacteria in her mouth combine with sugars in the food residues left on her teeth, producing an acid that attacks her tooth enamel.

From: johnsonsbaby.com.

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Cheese cleanses teeth

Did you know that cheese, as an in-between snack, helps minimize tooth decay?

Besides being a healthier choice for kids than sweets, cheese cleanses the teeth.

From: doodledudsdepot.com

teeth brushing tip

Let your child hold the brush first, and to let them "brush" their teeth themselves. Then, tell your child, "Okay, now it’s Mommy’s or Daddy’s turn to try."

From: iVillage.com

Flossing for children

The most important teeth to floss in a child are the back teeth.

From: iVillage.com

When to visit a dentist

The American Academy of Pediatrics and most pediatric dentists say it’s a good idea to bring your child to a dentist around the time he turns 1.

From: BabyCenter.com

Limiting sickness

If your child is sick, toothpaste should be placed on the brush via a cotton swab or a clean finger to avoid contaminating the toothpaste tube.

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Choosing a toothbrush

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.

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When to see the dentist

Experts agree that you should bring your child to the dentist by her first birthday.

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Tooth decay danger

Early childhood decay is usually caused when babies are put to sleep with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or other drinks that contain sugar, even natural sugars.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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