Young girl sitting in her mother's lap during her first visit to the dentist.

How to Care For Your Child’s Teeth For a Lifetime of Smiles!

Tips for Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

We love working with kids and our dental team knows how to put children at ease during their dental visits. Our dentists have compiled a list of tips to teach your kids good dental habits and keep their smiles healthy and shiny in between visits.

Children 12 & Under Can Win a Great Toy Every Month!

Every time we see your child for a cleaning they are eligible to fill out a ballot in the Kids Toy Draw.

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Start caring for your child’s teeth as soon as they are visible in the mouth.

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Clean your baby’s teeth with a cotton swab or moist washcloth after every feeding.

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Avoid the use of “sippy cups” filled with anything other than water. Children that have free access to juice or milk all day long in a sippy cup have more trouble with decay.

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Never let your child go to bed with a bottle that contains anything other than water!

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Tooth paste with fluoride is not recommended for kids under 6. Children’s toothpaste without fluoride is available commercially and is appropriate for young children who do not spit out the paste reliably.

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Help your child to brush twice daily. Little hands have trouble getting everywhere with a toothbrush, so your help in brushing is very important. This also gets children accustomed to someone working in their mouths.

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Help your child to floss. This establishes routine and is important for preventing decay between the teeth. Try having the child lie on the couch with their head in your lap for easy access for flossing.

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Limit snacks that contain high sugar items – this includes crackers and cereal that are given constantly throughout the day.

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Get your child in the habit of going to bed with clean teeth.

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Most of all make dental care fun! Reward positive behaviour with praise!

Children 12 & Under Can Win a Great Toy Every Month!

Every time we see your child for a cleaning they are eligible to fill out a ballot in the Kids Toy Draw. Visit Laurentian Dental Today for Your Family’s Optimal Dental Health.