While we don’t advise toddlers get braces, as their teeth are not close to developing, they do need to be kept clean. Proper dental hygiene starts as soon as the first tooth shows up If kids are not taught how to brush their teeth as children, it could result in problems later on. This could result in increased orthodontia care.
Use a small smear of fluoride toothpaste that’s about the size of a grain of rice. Brush twice a day, morning and night. Typically, adults should do the brushing for children under age seven. When your toddler has two teeth that touch, floss daily. Also, find a dentist by age one. A CDC report found dental care costs are nearly 40 percent lower over a five-year period for kids who see a dentist by age five.
Do not allow children to have juice or milk after they’ve brushed their teeth, as the sugars cause bacteria to grow rapidly.
Children should also stop using a pacifier or sucking their thumb by age 2-3. Continued use can cause dental problems and a severe overbite.
Keep your toddler’s teeth clean and avoid problems down the road! If you have any questions, please call us.