Even before teeth come in, you can take care of your child’s mouth by cleaning his gums with a washcloth. Take your child for his first dental visit within six months of his first tooth, or by his first birthday.
Help your preschooler brush her teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) to keep them strong and healthy.
Young children should brush their teeth for about 2 minutes/. While brushing your children’s teeth together, try playing some music or singing the ABC song four times to help him keep track of time.
CHOOSING A TOOTHBRUSH
Look for children’s toothbrushes with small heads and soft bristles. Help your child get excited about brushing by letting him choose the color.
A LITTLE DOES A LOT
A little tooth paste goes a long way! Help children ages 2-5 add a pea-size amount of toothpaste to their toothbrush. For children under age 2 just a smear will do!
CRUNCH AND MUNCH
Teeth love crunchy fruits and vegetables! With your child, try some tooth-friendly foods, such as apples, pears, carrots, or celery. With your older child try some tooth-friendly foods such as apples, pears, carrots or celery. Remember to avoid any food that be may be a choking hazard for infants and toddlers.
Drinking water helps keep bodies healthy and strong. A swish of water can also help wash food away from teeth in between brushing.
IT TAKES A TEAM
It takes a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit your dental office twice a year and stay in touch with your primary physician and nurse. If it is hard to find a dental office because of cost or distance ask your local health department for services near you.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.