Brushing teeth. Toddlers need a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-fluoridated toothpaste; it is unsafe to swallow fouride, this way incase they do swallow it, it wont harm them.
Children often want to brush their teeth on their own, this is a great practice, but be sure to always brush after them, to make sure they got all the nook’s and crannys!
First visit to the dentist.
It is recomended that you should schedule the first dentist visit shortly after your child’s first birthday. Don’t expect a full examination. This visit is more to educate both you and your child about future visits by showing the equipment and introducing staff.
During the visit, the dentist is also likely to outline a few bad habits you might be unknowingly guilty of, such as putting your little one to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, or having her suck on a sippy cup all day long. “That’s like sipping a can of pop all day — you’ll get more dental disease that way than if you drank the whole can at once,” says Dr. Kowolik. The problem: the milk or juice is constantly bathing the teeth in sugary fluids. Instead, save those drinks for meals only, and let your child drink water in between and when she’s going to bed
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