parenting 101, tips + tricks, children health
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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mumwrites

is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.