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.

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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.

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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.
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Night Nursing

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