If you are looking for a kid-friendly dentist in the Joondalup area, you have come to the right place. However, going to the dentist is just part of the equation. Great dental health starts as soon as you get your baby home. Toddlers and babies are every bit as susceptible to tooth decay as a teenager or an adult, so dental hygiene is every bit as important at an early age as it is in later life.
Basically, it works like this: if you start your child out with great habits at a young age, you are setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Here are some things to remember when taking care of your child’s teeth, whether a baby or a toddler.
Motivating Your Toddler
Toddlers can be impatient. Many won’t sit still for more than a few seconds. Some resist their teeth being cleaned or struggle when you are trying to keep them still. If this sounds like your child, here are a few suggestions.
First, you may want to buy a battery-powered toothbrush. It makes a noise that can be fun to kids. Between the noise and the movement, your child may see it as a toy or as playing a game. At any rate, it’s easier than brushing by hand.
While you are helping your child brush his or her teeth, you may want to sing their favourite song or recite a nursery rhyme. You may also want to reward your toddler every time he or she allows you more than two minutes of brushing.
One of the best things you can do, the earlier the better, is to encourage your child to practise brushing on his or her own, under your supervision. The earlier you start the earlier your child begins to develop great oral hygiene habits. Since many toddlers are just growing into independence, you may want to get your toddler his or her own toothbrush and brush their teeth for them with another one.
Ultimately, you want to make brushing and flossing as much fun for your child as you possibly can. This will produce immediate benefits for the present and long-term benefits for the future.
Setting an Example
Children love to emulate their parents. Parents are the lenses through which babies and toddlers view the world. If they see you taking care of your teeth and treating it as an important part of every day, they will want to do the same thing.
It is important that you communicate to your child that it is very important to take care of your teeth and that is why you are taking care of yours so well. If there is any way you can help your child fully understand that teeth have to last a lifetime, they may take a great interest in keeping theirs healthy.
Brushing Baby and Toddler Teeth
You can start taking care of their teeth before they even appear by wiping the gums once a day with a moist cloth. As soon as their teeth start to appear, you can start brushing them with a special baby toothbrush. Usually, it will have soft, rounded bristles and a small head, allowing you to gently massage both their gums and their teeth.
Until your child reaches the age of 18 months, you should brush their baby teeth once a day with plain water, after the last time you feed them in the evening.
When your child is just a baby, it is going to be easier and more efficient to brush his or her teeth while he or she is lying down, on a table or a bed. You can slowly increase the amount of time for brushing until, by toddler age, it reaches two minutes.
By the third year, teeth should be brushed twice a day: once after breakfast and once after the last feeding before bed. After 18 months, you can use special children’s toothpaste that is designed not to be harsh on their young teeth and gums.
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