How often do you brush your toddlers teeth?

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Olga - posted on 03/08/2012

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If the decay has reached the pulp chamber, then the toddler will need a root canal done on that tooth, even if it's a primary tooth. It will not affect the permanent teeth but make sure that you go to a certified pediatric dentist since they have to go to dental school longer to get specialized in that area. It's more harmful for the permanent teeth if you let the decay progress on primary/baby teeth. To answer the original question, try to brush 2xday and floss once at night. It is more important to brush and floss at night versus the morning. Children go through phases when it comes to letting the parents brush their teeth but you have to be persistent. I allow my daughter to do it first if she wants to but then I tell her that it is my turn. If the child doesn't have the manual dexterity to tie shoe laces, then the child usually won't have the dexterity to efficiently brush their own teeth. You have several factor that come into play in regards to getting/not getting cavities like having fluoridated water, genetics, etc. but the main cause of it is poor oral hygiene at home. Also, please don't kiss your baby or toodler on the mouth. The bacteria that an adult commonly has in their mouth that causes cavities, can be transmmited to your baby/toddler, exposing them to have that kind of bacteria earlier in life. Same thing goes with sharing utensils, drinks, etc....If you have higher levels of calcium in your blood naturally, you tend to have less cavities but that means that you might be more prone to developing kidney stones :/

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2012

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Both mine brush their teeth twice a day. They actually ask me to get their toothbrushes for them so we never get a chance to forget

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Olga - posted on 03/08/2012

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Also, research oral biofilm on youtube. There is this video that shows how the different kinds of bacteria start reproducing.This video is what gives me the energy to brush my daughter's teeth at night if I'm really tired because it's really gross!:







I'm a dental hygiene student so I've had to research all this stuff.

Janice - posted on 03/08/2012

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Elizabeth, I was thinking the same thing at first, but IDK enough about the subject. Maybe the issue is pain. Average age of molar tooth loss is like 7-9 years so if a child's tooth is that bad at age 2 or 3 maybe a root canal really is needed.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/08/2012

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Root canals on toddlers? It doesn't sound right, sorry.



1st because their teeth are going to fall out and be replaced by big teeth and 2nd because the adult teeth are waiting to come in. Doing a root canal could damage those teeth which haven't even broken through the gums yet.

Janice - posted on 03/08/2012

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My daughter loves "brushing" her own but really she just brushes the front and eats the toothpaste. She will ask to do that but when we brush her teeth she throws a fit. Actually just over the last few weeks she is finally letting us brush with out a fight and actually does a pretty good job getting all her teeth.

She HATES the dentist! We can barely get her to open her mouth grrrr. But her dad has really bad teeth despite taking care of his teeth so I followed the articles I read and had her seen at 1 year - she had 11 teeth already.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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Hopefully something good! My husband nor I have ever had a cavity and my daughter refuses all junk food (marshmallows, chocolate, candy, syrup...) so I'm not too worried.

Katherine - posted on 03/07/2012

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My daughters first appointment will be on her third birthday. It just happened that way lol.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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I started to brush off my daughters gums when she was cutting her first teeth (4 months) and now at 17 months, she can brush her own teeth. Usually 2 times a day (if not more) and she has to brush them for at least 10 minutes or more. I use orajel toothpaste. I have never taken her to a dentist, they don't recommend seeing 1 year olds...her first dental appointment will be around 3 years old..

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2012

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My son brushes and flosses his teeth once a day. He has been to the dentist three times, and things are great! :)

Amy - posted on 03/07/2012

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I try to do twice a day but some days it's only once a day. Her brother has really bad teeth so we're trying to prevent her from having the same problems.

Janice - posted on 03/07/2012

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Typically just once a day before bed and she flosses too. Occasionally 2x if she ate candy. She has been to the dentist 2x and is due again later this month. She is 28 months and no cavities so far.

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