Caring for my toddler’s teeth

When your baby is almost 2 years old, he’ll probably have many teeth that allow him to bite and articulate words. Maybe all of his teeth haven’t come out yet, but they will soon appear. At this stage, the canines, commonly known as fangs, are due to come out and he will flaunt a beaming new smile!

Babies’ teeth, also known as milk or primary teeth, are temporary. As he grows, your baby will lose them to leave space for his permanent teeth. The fact that they are temporary doesn’t mean that we can neglect them. On the contrary, just like permanent teeth, milk teeth are subject to decay and dental infections if they are unattended. Also, keep in mind that teaching children healthy hygiene habits at an early age will help promote cleanliness in the future.

You’ve been taking care of your little one’s teeth and now it’s time to take the next step. It’s time to teach your child to spit after brushing his teeth. Tell him that after he washes his mouth, he has to spit out the toothpaste. Show him how to do it and then ask him to imitate you. Instruct him to spit only in the sink, after he’s done brushing his teeth. Avoid giving him water to rinse out his mouth, because at this age he’s more likely to swallow it instead of spitting it.

Practice this new habit daily. Your little one will probably want to take control of the toothbrush, that’s very good! Start teaching him the proper movements by holding the toothbrush together and brushing from top to bottom throughout his mouth. Don’t expect your toddler to master brushing his teeth immediately. It will take time for him to learn the right moves. That’s why it’s very important that you always accompany him and remind him how to do it. Remember to make washing his teeth a fun and engaging activity, and to let your child watch you wash your teeth, because children learn through imitation.

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