Toddlers & Preschoolers

This is the in your child’s life to build habits that will protect their teeth and lay the foundation for future overall health:

 

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  • Feed your child from all food groups and limit sugary foods or drinks.
  • After eating sugary, sticky foods like raisins or serve juicy fruits/vegetables, brush your child’s teeth, rinse the mouth with water to clean the teeth.
  • Don’t let your child constantly sip on sugary liquids, including milk and juice from sippy cups. Offer these liquids only at mealtimes. Never allow your child to go to sleep with a bottle of anything except water. Brush twice a day and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste, rather than swallow it. If your child doesn’t have the co-ordination necessary for proper tooth brushing, brush your child’s teeth first and then let him or her finish off. Begin flossing early to clean between your child’s teeth. If your child is thirsty before bedtime water is the best option.
  • Change your child’s toothbrush every one to three months or immediately after an illness. Never share your toothbrush with your child or use your child’s toothbrush.
  • Let your child watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there’s nothing like a parent’s example to teach them the way to healthy dental practices.

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