Many of the concerns that adults have about their teeth can be traced back to when they were toddlers starting the teething process. Tooth decay is one of the many fears parents in regards to their children and adults face.
Dr. Telma Rubinstein, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Prisma Dental has been encountering over the years a drastic increase in the number of children that make appointments at the clinic. She has attended toddlers as young as 18 months with cavities.
Usually these cavities are caused by a diet with plenty of refined sugars and poor oral health habits. For this reason we wanted to dedicate a couple of articles to address children´s tooth decay. This one in specific will be dedicated to the early stages of a child from birth until 24 months old.
As we have learned, cavities are formed by a demineralization of the tooth enamel. And you may even be thinking toddlers do not have teeth, is it necessary to even think about them before they have them?
The answer is yes, in every stage of your child’s growth, taking measures to ensure the proper development of teeth and oral hygiene is definitely recommended to avoid toothaches in the future.
Basic oral heath care for a baby is simple, use a baby washcloth or gauze with water and wipe the gums gently if possible twice a day. Once the first tooth appears it is recommended to use an extra-soft baby toothbrush and water to gently brush their teeth. The main idea is to remove any type of plaque that may be caught in the gums or early teeth.
From 12 to 24 months, it is recommended to brush your child´s teeth twice a day, the best time to do so is after breakfast and before they go to bed. Consult your dentist about the type of toothpaste that they recommend. If your dentist recommends toothpaste with fluoride, just use half of a pea-size of it for a little will go a long way.
It is also a good practice to ensure that your child does not swallow the toothpaste, a concept which might be difficult for a toddler to understand.