10 Apr Oral Health for Children 2-4 Years
Tips for All Ages
The #1 best way to prevent tooth decay in your children is to get them excited about taking care of their dental health! While brushing their teeth is probably not your child’s favorite activity, you can make it exciting by using fun toothpastes and toothbrushes your child will like and actually use. Look for fun colors and flavours your children will like when choosing.
We LOVE Sugar, but our teeth don’t!
Sugar accelerates the growth of plaque and ultimately speeds up tooth decay. You can reduce teeth decay by:
> Serve milk or cheese alongside sweet treats as milk acts as a buffer to the acids produced by bacteria.
> Leaving sugar treats as deserts only after mealtime. The increased amount of saliva from lunch or dinner will help protect your children’s teeth.
> Check for candy stuck between your children’s teeth.
> Monitor candy consumption during the holidays!
> Encourage your children to drink more water to help prevent tooth decay
Children that are 2 years and older should start using toothpaste to prevent decay as their teeth continue to develop. At this age, you should also teach and encourage your children to start brushing their own teeth. However, you should still brush them again and closely monitor your children’s brushing habits to ensure that they are clean.
Its normal for children to resist having their teeth brushed by parents, so it’s time to get creative and make the process fun. 🙂
Be sure to:
> Monitor your children brushing their teeth closely and brush afterwards,
> Brush your teeth regularly and consistently alongside with your children to set a good example and habits,
> Stay aware of the impact eating, drinking, and nutrition have on your children’s oral health.
You can use the Jack N’ Jill stage 2 toothbrush that’s made entirely of medical and food grade silicone. This brush is perfect for littles ones who are just starting to get teeth through and learning how to brush their own teeth.
The safety shield rests below the bristles and prevents the brush from sliding too far down the oral cavity. This toothbrush was designed for children that have not yet developed any side or rear teeth.