Yes, it might sound ridiculous to some parents to think about caring for a toddlers teeth when they are going to fall out eventually anyways. However, by instilling good dental habits now in your children you can not only prevent them from getting future cavities but you can also help to protect things like their gums and overall oral health. Read on to learn how you can protect your toddler from getting cavities.
Avoid Sugary Drinks Before Bedtime
If you put your toddler to sleep with either a bottle or sippy-cup, think about what you’re putting in that cup. For instance, although things like milk and fruit juice are healthy for kids, they contain large traces of sugar which if left on your child’s mouth overnight, can eventually lead to things like cavities and tooth decay. As a healthier alternative, try giving your child water instead.
Make Brushing Part of the Bedtime Routine
Children, especially young children like toddlers, thrive on routine. As part of your nightly bedtime routine, add teeth brushing to the list. By getting them into the constant habit of brushing their teeth every night before bed, they can help to get on the right oral track at a young age.
Encourage Them to Drink Water
It can be hard to get your toddler to sit still for a decent meal, let alone to drink an entire glass of water. However, did you know that drinking water will to prevent against cavities? Water increases the production of saliva which works to wash away plaque and bacteria throughout the day.
As a helpful tip, let your toddler pick out their favorite sippy-cup, fill it with water, and encourage them to take a sip every 15-20 minutes in between play.
Protecting your toddler from getting cavities doesn’t have to be a long and painful daily process. In fact, by following the above three suggestions, you can help to ensure that your toddler’s teeth are clean without having to deal with too much of a hastle. To learn more about pediatric dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Nagel’s office today!