How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Toddlers
Tooth decay can occur due to various reasons and can cause pain and swelling. Decay in toddlers tooth is extremely susceptible, because toddlers teeth are usually exposed to juice, milk and sugary foods on a regular basis. Parents need to take some measures to prevent tooth decay in toddlers. Some of the preventive measures are discussed in this article.
- Even toddler need to have a regular dental checkups. Many experts recommend parents to take their toddlers for a dental checkup as they turn 1 year old. So start taking them to the dentist as soon as your toddler turns 1 year.
- Clean or wipe your toddler’s teeth and gums frequently. One can also use a clean washcloth if your baby is too young. There are many soft bristle toothbrushes available, you can also use them for your baby to clean their teeth.
- Make sure to brush or wipe your baby’s gums and teeth after every meal or snacks or at least twice daily. It helps to remove the food residues and sugar molecules present on the gums and teeth, which is present for a long time can lead to the enamel destruction.
- Never give a bottle of milk to your baby just before he/she falls asleep. If you feel that your baby needs a drink then give milk but make sure that he/she drinks water after having the milk. This helps to wash away the sugar molecules present on the gums and teeth.
- Avoid juice and sugary drinks and foods between the meals and just before your baby goes to bed. This can lead to tooth decay in your baby.
- Fluoride is very essential supplement for the developing teeth in toddlers. So, make sure that your drinking water contains appropriate amount of fluoride. The amount of fluoride content should not be either minimum or excess. If the fluoride content is less one can consult their baby’s pediatrician to use other fluoride supplements.
These are a few ways to prevent tooth decay in toddlers.