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Tips for toddler dental care
Updated: 9/16/2011 8:59:59 AM
 

Tips for toddler dental care A child's period as a toddler is nothing if not transitional - they require much of the same constant care as infants, but in a different way. This is true when applied to oral health and dental hygiene practices. Parents will have to help their toddlers perform all of the essential daily oral health habits, but these youngsters can be made more comfortable with the process than infants.

According to New Parent magazine, children must be assisted with brushing and flossing in a gentle, delicate manner. A short-handled, soft-bristle brush or electric brush designed for toddlers and similarly child-friendly floss holders should be used. This practice should continue until children are at least 7 years old

The news source reports that toddlers require careful supervision to ensure that they do not form bad habits that denigrate their oral health in the long run. Major examples of such practices to avoid include allowing children to use "sippy cups" or letting them go to bed with a bottle of milk. Both of these can lead to the hazards of baby bottle tooth decay.

Fluoride toothpaste can be used with children 2 years of age and older, according to the American Dental Association. A dentist should be consulted before using this product with younger children.

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