Why Tooth Care is So Important Even When They're Healthy

3 Ways To Promote Your Toddler's Oral Health

by Rene Jacobs

As a parent, you are the guardian of your child's health. Your toddler's oral health is an important aspect that contributes to their overall well being. You can take steps in your daily life to ensure that your toddler develops a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are three ways to promote your toddler's oral health.

Structure their diet to support their oral health.

Your toddler begins trying many different foods during this period in their life. Make sure that in addition to educating your child's palate, you are also selecting foods for them to eat that help to support their oral health. Toddlers can be notorious for sticking to a single set of foods after they find something that they like, but you can expose them to enjoyable foods that are also good for them. For example, citrus fruits, like oranges and mangoes, that are high in vitamin C are good for their oral health. A study found that those with higher concentrations of vitamin C in their blood reported a lower incidence of periodontitis. Calcium rich foods such as milk and yogurt also help to fortify teeth by providing minerals to teeth that have lost some of their minerals.

Use xylitol instead of traditional sugar for your toddler's sweet tooth.

Sweet foods and drinks appeal to children because of the enjoyable taste. As you know, too much sugar in the diet can become unhealthy very quickly and contribute to tooth decay. If your child asks you to add some sugar to their food, use xylitol as a sweetener instead of sugar. Xylitol, which is often used in sugar-free gum, does not convert to acid in the mouth like sugar, which spares your toddler's tooth enamel from an acid attack. Further, xylitol helps to reduce negative bacteria in your toddler's mouth as well.

Take your toddler to the dentist twice a year.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends bringing your child in for their first appointment by their first birthday. If you have not already, then you need to take your toddler into a children's dentist. Although your toddler's primary teeth usually on stay with them until the age of 12, it is still important to go to regular dental appointments. Dental history in childhood affects adult teeth. Your toddler needs to have their teeth assessed for cavities so that the dentist can take action to fill them before the decay spreads to other teeth.