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Toddler Dental Care: It All Starts at Home

Stacey Price

Toddlers are constantly at work observing and learning new things from their environment. Parents tend to focus on educational, social, and cognitive development skills, often overlooking the importance of instilling good dental habits. Proper toddler dental care is an important part of a child's development.

Healthy Eating Habits

So, your little bundle of joy has advanced from bland, puree baby food to solid, flavorful meals. Bad snacking habits tend to accompany this newfound taste for "big people" food. Now that your toddler has a beautiful, cavity-free smile, what are you doing to keep it that way? As a parent, you are a role model. It is during these years that you have the most influence on your child's life, so take advantage of it while you can. Are you introducing your child to healthy and nutritional eating habits? Talk about the importance of a healthy diet and how it can keep your child's teeth healthy and strong. Lead by example.

Make Toothbrushing Fun

Your toothbrushing sessions don't have to seem like a chore. Make it exciting and fun. What cartoon or storybook character is your child fascinated with? Whatever the character, buy a toothbrush, disposable cups, toothpaste, stepping stool, and dental floss with the theme. Make it a family affair. Brush your teeth at the same time your toddler brushes his teeth. This will give you a chance to teach him proper brushing techniques. Young children love sharing time and activities with their parents and mimicking their actions.

Teaching your toddler dental care is an important part of parenting. As children grow, their teeth go through different stages of development. For more information about oral care for children, check out Colgate Oral Care resources.

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