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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. (Teeth generally start appearing between six and 12 months of age.)

The dentist can check your child’s teeth and jaw structure and show you how to brush properly.

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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).

Continue to closely watch brushing to make sure the child is doing a thorough job and using only a small amount of toothpaste.

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Kids and cavities

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

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Teeth brushing tip

Ask your toddler to sing a song as they brush or set a musical timer for two minutes so that children will get in the habit of brushing for the recommended length of time.