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Proper Oral Health for Toddlers and Children

 

Oral health care professionals and dentists agree that the foundations for proper adult oral health begin with proper infant and early childhood oral health. It’s never too early to start an oral health regimen with children to help protect developing teeth and gums, prevent future cosmetic dental work. To help parents and guardians plan an oral health regimen appropriate for their individual child, it’s important to know what’s going on at each step and what products are available to help guide and assist with the regimen. Research shows that Oral B has one of the best dental care lines available for children from four months old to twelve years old; it is called Oral B Stages.

With each stage of the Oral B Stages, corresponding products, cartoons and designs to help encourage a daily regimen of fun activities for optimal oral health. Below is the breakdown of the 4-24 months and 2-4 year old groups of the Oral B Stages line of children’s products that correlate to those age groups.

Stage 1 (4-24 months):

As an infant, the most important aspect of oral health is gum health. Proper gum health is important prior to the first appearance of teeth and throughout a person’s life. By using age-appropriate Winnie-the-Pooh toothbrushes that extra soft bristles just right for the stimulation of tender baby gums and teeth, a parent can ensure that baby’s mouth will have the best care possible with daily brushing and stimulation. It is important to choose a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride, as fluoride is not appropriate for little mouths.

Stage 2 (2-4 years):

As a toddler and preschooler, the most important aspect of oral health is allowing children to do it by themselves. While toddlers and preschoolers might not be the best at brushing their own teeth, they love the opportunity to try. By allowing toddlers and preschoolers to brush their teeth first and following behind with a quick once over, adults can help develop their child’s growing mouths and growing independence. Oral B has designed their Stage 2 toothbrushes with fade indicators in the shape and size of the recommended toothpaste amount, to help little ones learn to use the right amount of age-appropriate and mild-flavored toothpaste. Plus, these little bundles of energy will love having a special time of day with their favorite Winnie the Pooh characters, Pooh and Tigger.

Creating an age-appropriate oral health care regimen for your infant, toddler or preschooler will help your child develop proper oral health and ensure that future cosmetic dentistry will not necessary. For more help with oral care and creating a daily oral care regimen, contact your local San Antonio dentist and be sure to schedule regular visits to ensure proper oral health.

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