Toddler & Pre-Schooler Dental Care

This is a good time in your child’s life to build habits that will protect the teeth and lay the foundation for future health.

  • Feed your child from all food groups and limit sugary foods or drinks
  • After eating sugary or sticky foods like raisins, brush your child’s teeth, rinse the mouth with water or serve juicy fruits/vegetables to clean the teeth
  • Don't let your child constantly sip on sugary liquids, including milk and juice from sippy cups. Offer these liquids only at mealtimes
  • Brush twice a day and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste, rather than swallow it. If your child doesn’t have the co-ordination necessary for proper toothbrushing, brush your child's teeth first and then let him or her “finish off”
  • Begin flossing when your child’s teeth are touching
  • Change your child's toothbrush every one to three months or immediately after an illness. Never share your toothbrush with your child or use your child's toothbrush
  • Let your child watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there's nothing like a parent's example to teach them the way to healthy dental practices.