caring for your toddlers pearly whites

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the little man “brushing” his teeth {9 months old}

Caring for our toddlers milk teeth is one of our priorities as mums. Taking care for their pearly whites earlier on will, after all, pave the way for strong + healthy permanent teeth in the future + will save us from the unnecessary trouble, + toothache, when they are bigger. Just think of these scenarios:

  • Your little one cannot focus on his activities because of a nagging toothache, making him irritable often
  • He misses a few goodnight’s sleep while nursing a toothache
  • He has to be absent from school because the toothache turns from annoying to intolerable
Much like me, I bet you wouldn’t want your precious little ones to experience any of these situations. That is why we have got to find ways to instill in them a good oral hygiene even when they are still in diapers, they will bring these habits through their grown up age + will save us all the drama, not to mention the exorbitant dental fees!
Here are a few things you can try:
  • Brush your little one’s chompers regularly. You might have to help them with this, as, based on my experience, they would simply refuse to put the brush in their mouths + would rather play with it! 
  • Do not put your baby to sleep with a bottle. Sleeping with a bottle is a surefire way to having cavities + other tooth problems. So it is best to brush their teeth before bedtime. For the little ones who ask for a bottle a few times in the wee hours of the night/morning, it is best to brush their teeth as soon as they awoke or keep those mouth wipes handy.
  • Curb the sweet tooth. As much as you can, do not encourage his sweet tooth + refrain from giving him cookies + sweets as treats. Instead, let him much on fruits + vegetables. 
  • Bring him to a pediatric dentist. As soon as his first tooth erupts, you can bring your little tot to a pediatric dentist to have his chomper checked. The dentist will also provide you with tips + tricks to care for your little one’s teeth. Looking for a pediatric dentist can be quite tricky, though. I have consulted with my little man’s pedia + she recommended one located in Manila. She said this particular dentist is an expert in the field + it is best to consult with them regarding my son’s pearly whites. I know it is most convenient to find one locally, one that is  near you, like that dentist Melbourne-based, for example, if you happen to be in the area, but since I really had no choice, I might as well try my luck with this one. I have yet to call for an appointment, though.

Oh well, I hope you find something of interest in these toddler tooth-caring tips. I know it is easier said than done, especially with a very uncooperative toddler who’d rather flourish his toothbrush like a wand than put it in his mouth, but babies + kids they say are creatures of habit + am sure they will get the hang of it soon enough! We just have to guide them all the way through! 😉

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  1. This one I am guilty, I was not able to take care very well my son’s milk teeth. Apparently his teeth became chalky and now almost full of cavities, accordingly because of long time milk bottle feeding at night.

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