Your toddler’s teeth may not be permanent, but that doesn’t mean you can get away with not taking care of them. Toddler tooth decay can begin as soon as their first teeth grow in, so you need to be proactive about your toddler’s dental health.
Daily Dental Care to Prevent Toddler Tooth Decay
Just as with an adult’s permanent teeth, a toddler’s baby teeth need to be brushed twice a day to prevent toddler tooth decay. This can be done with a small soft toothbrush and some water at first, but your child can start brushing with toothpaste and start flossing once they turn two years old.
Eating and Drinking
Even though you might be tempted to give a toddler some milk or juice right before a nap, this can actually be harmful to their teeth. Regular exposure to food and drink that contains sugar can contribute to tooth decay as well. It’s best to get them into the habit of drinking water from their bottle or cup instead of milk or juice.
Visiting the Dentist
Your child’s first visit to a New York dentist should be no later than their first birthday. After that, they should be visiting the dentist every six months, just as an adult should. Dr. Shiva Basir and the team at Upper East Side Kids Dentist can monitor your child’s teeth for signs of decay and discuss habits such as pacifier use and thumb sucking that can impact their dental health.
Call us today and schedule an appointment for your child with our pediatric dentists. It’s never too early to start oral health care for toddlers. Being proactive about your toddler’s oral health care can help prevent toddler tooth decay, cavities, and oral health issues later on.