Ask the Expert: March 2018 Roseville, Granite Bay, and Rocklin
Brushing a toddler’s teeth can be challenging; however, it’s extremely important. Every time your child takes a bath and you wash their face, use a washcloth to wipe the inside of their mouth (gums and teeth) to get them used to the feeling. Your child may cry, but it’ll get easier over time if you stay consistent and make brushing a part of their daily routine. Also, do what you can to make it fun! Sing a song while you brush, read a children’s book that talks about visiting the dentist, let your child have a turn holding your toothbrush/brushing your teeth and then take a turn brushing theirs, purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste in their favorite color or with a beloved cartoon character on it, and celebrate with cheering and high fives when brushing is over. Visiting a pediatric dentist to establish a dental home for your child allows professionals a chance to demonstrate brushing techniques that can make your routine a little easier. Lastly, don’t give up! There are still some nights when my four-and-a-half-year-old son cries while I’m brushing and flossing his teeth, but we get it done and then admire his healthy smile in the bathroom mirror.
Lora Foster Rode, DDS // Rocklin Pediatric Dentistry // 2221 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 101, Rocklin // 916-435-9100, rpd1.com