Toddlers & Preschoolers
This is a good time in your child’s life to build habits that will protect the teeth and lay the foundation for future health.
- For infants and children under three years of age, talk to your dentist about the best way to brush your child’s teeth, and whether use of toothpaste is appropriate
- If your preschooler is three years of age or older you should assist your child with brushing their teeth. Brush twice per day and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste and does not swallow it
- Feed your child from all food groups and limit sugary foods or drinks
- After eating sugary or sticky foods like raisins, brush your child’s teeth, rinse the mouth with water or serve juicy fruits/vegetables to clean the teeth
- Don't let your child constantly sip on sugary liquids, including milk and juice from sippy cups. Offer these liquids only at mealtimes
- Begin flossing when your child’s teeth are touching
- Change your child's toothbrush every one to three months or immediately after an illness. Never share your toothbrush with your child or use your child's toothbrush
- Let your child watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there's nothing like a parent's example to teach them the way to healthy dental practices
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