Good dental care habits in toddlers should start early for poor oral health can impact a child’s quality of life in many ways. But, getting toddlers to brush their teeth properly is a challenge for all parents.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 23% of children between the ages 2 -11 years have untreated dental cavities. This makes it all the more essential to teach your child proper brushing techniques at an early age.
In the article, ‘Teaching your children how to brush and floss,’ published in Colgate oral care center, Yolanda Eddis says you must assist your toddler during the initial stages of toothbrushing. Teach your little one to brush and floss by following these steps:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush. Make sure the size of the toothbrush head is suitable to your child’s age and the size of the mouth.
- To brush your toddler’s teeth properly, hold the brush against the gums at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Move the toothbrush gently using short strokes.
- Do not forget to brush the tongue to get rid of the bacteria.
Do not forget to teach your toddler to brush the inner surfaces of his teeth. Failure to do so might result in bad breath, gum disease or cavities. Papandreas Orthodontics suggests one way to make your toddler develop the habit of brushing the inner surfaces of his teeth—encourage him to practise brushing his teeth in front of a mirror daily.
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With so many tooth brushes available in the market today, it is difficult for you to select the ideal one for your baby. Stick to a soft-bristled tooth brush so it will not hurt your toddler.
Make sure your toddler brushes with fluoride toothpaste, which has the topical effect of making the teeth stronger. Here, the fluoride is absorbed into the enamel of your toddler's teeth making them resistant to the acid in the mouth.
Learning good dental hygiene habits at a young age is important for long-term oral health. Since your little one may not know how to brush his teeth properly, you can teach him how to brush the first few times.
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