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Parents can pass harmful bacteria from their mouths to their children's mouths which can put children at an increased risk for cavities.
Only give your child milk or juice at mealtimes. During play time and bedtime fill their bottle or sippy cup with water.
Wipe your baby's gums with a damp washcloth after meals.
Cut Back on salivia-transferring behaviours and strives to keep your own mouth healthy by brushing twice a day.
- Infection in baby teeth can pass and affect permanent teeth.
- Helps with speech
- They hold space for the permanent teeth
Use a soft, small, rounded toothbrush and only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your child's teeth-too much of toothpaste can overflow out of your child's teeth.
Give your child lots of praise when they brush their teeth correctly and frequently!
Brush every angle within your child's mouth. Start at outside of the teeth, then brush the inside up toward the gums.
Most dentists suggest changing your toothbrush every three (3) months.
Create an oral care chart and hang it in or near the bathroom. You can find fun charts online.
Allow your child to see you having fun when brushing your own teeth! Children like to do what their parents do!
Give your child healthy snacks like raw vegetables and fruits to help clean your child's teeth throughout the day.
Sing a happy brushing song and make fun noises! Play a song or download the Kool Smiles app-a fun monster keeps time while your child brushes!
Brush the teeth of doll or toy, so your child can begin learning how to hold a toothbrush.
Have fun, and remember that an early start to great oral care will keep your child's smile healthy and happy for a lifetime.