Caring for Your Child’s Teeth: The Toddler Years

toddlerteethSo you've made it through your baby's teething stage and you're now the proud parent of a toddler. And that mouth full to teeth! Momentous. Now it's time to learn how to take care of those teeth. True, they're just temporary "baby" teeth, but you're setting the stage for your kids' oral health for the rest of their life. Here's what you should know about caring for your toddler's teeth

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caral... caralicious

Why is the little boy in the 4th picture wearing a dress?

kelti... kelticmom

Did you ever stop to think maybe it's a little girl with short hair? My hair didn't start to really grow until I was against three.

SaphireH SaphireH

I learned a hard lesson with my 3 yr old daughter's teeth just recently. Even though she got 2 good brushings a day plus like 4 times of doing them on her own, she still ended up with a nasty cavity on one of her front teeth that required them needing to do crowns on both of her front top teeth to protect the one and prevent the other from doing the same because she had a small cavity forming which they said would likely turn into how the other did if left un fixed no matter the care we took of it

SaphireH SaphireH

Never again do i want to deal with getting crowns on a 3 yr old. It was heart breaking to see her fight the way she did because she was scared even though i was right there with her the whole time never once moving away from her

nonmember avatar Miriam

No children of my own yet, but I have a good memory of being a toddler and up. My mother would always brush our teath very carefully. She would also always tell me what she wanted to brush and sometimes including silly lines to make it a little more fun.

When I was older and wanted to brush myself she'd let me and watched while I did my best to do as good as I had learned from the daily brushing. Sometimes a random instruction like "don't bite on the brush, open your mouth a bit wider, aaah" then she'd let me till I was done and in the early time she'd compliment my good work and *check up* (just brushing a bit after what I did to make sure all was clean).

Then she'd be very strict in the fact that we only could have water after brushing. But she'd sometimes spice it a little up by giving us the choice to have normal water or water with bubbles when we got thirsty. Maybe also a bit of herb tea without sugar when we had stomachaches I have memories of having a bottle of tea in bed once (may be that I wasn't feeling very well?) - More memories of the water options we always had.

It went quite well I never had a cavity in my babyteeth.

(Nothing until my early twenties ~ so I had one already)

lobus lobus

I don't use flouride I use a paste with xylitol on my toddler. I also have never taken my two year old to the dentist yet and I don't think it's necessary so soon. They just want more money. I've had so many dentists tell me I needed my wisdom teeth pulled when in fact I didn't I don't particularly trust their lot...

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

No way am I taking my baby just because he has a tooth!! That's ridiculous. I can certeblu monitor him myself for now not to mention how terrifying it would be when he doesn't understand everything well yet. At 15 months, his Dr has yet to mention the need for a dentist. I'm curious what other moms do. But I always thought around 5 was more appropriate.

nonmember avatar Dentist

I am a dentist currently specializing in pediatrics. It is very important that children get regular dental care from the age of 1 year or when the first tooth errupts. It is not about making money- It is about doing what is right for your children. No parent wants their child to have cavities (not to mention other problems that are less common but possible). During these visits we perform examinations, evaluate and teach proper oral hygiene, review dietary counseling, and most importantly, form a dental home for children. The best scenerio is that your child is healthy and caries free. Starting their visits young means that they will have good experiences (hopefully) and make going to the dentist a regular, fun thing they do twice a year. We work very hard and acquire a ton of school loan debt to become health care providers for your children. The vast majority of us want to do what it is best for our patients, always. Dentists, after all, do take the Hippocratic Oath.

nonmember avatar Dentist

I am a dentist currently specializing in pediatrics. It is very important that children get regular dental care from the age of 1 year or when the first tooth errupts. It is not about making money- It is about doing what is right for your children. No parent wants their child to have cavities (not to mention other problems that are less common but possible). During these visits we perform examinations, evaluate and teach proper oral hygiene, review dietary counseling, and most importantly, form a dental home for children. The best scenerio is that your child is healthy and caries free. Starting their visits young means that they will have good experiences (hopefully) and make going to the dentist a regular, fun thing they do twice a year. We work very hard and acquire a ton of school loan debt to become health care providers for your children. The vast majority of us want to do what it is best for our patients, always. Dentists, after all, do take the Hippocratic Oath.

arlis... arliss123

My friend's father is a very successful dentist, and he says it's silly for them to be seen before their third birthday. I make our families toothpaste with a bentonite clay base, and we don't do fluoride. So far my children have beautiful, healthy teeth. Their pedi dentist was very impressed.

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