Caring for Your Preschooler’s Teeth
By 3 years old, your preschooler will likely have all 20 baby teeth. It’s very important to brush them twice a day. Good habits now will prevent tooth decay later in life. By taking good care of your preschooler’s baby teeth, you are also taking good care of their adult teeth.
• Brush your child’s teeth two times per day
• Use a small, soft toothbrush
• Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
• Limit drinks and food with added sugar, especially sticky sweets.
Your preschooler should be seeing a dentist regularly. If you haven’t gone yet because the cost is too high, you may be eligible for basic dental care through the BC Healthy Kids Program.
Tips to Keep Your Preschooler’s Teeth Healthy
If your preschooler is excited to brush their own teeth, it’s important to encourage them. You want them to have as much fun as possible. However, it’s important for you to have a turn brushing their teeth too. Children under 6 don’t yet have the skills to brush their own teeth well enough so you will need to brush their teeth for them. Use our tips to make brushing successful.
• Use good brushing and flossing technique
• Make brushing a part of the daily routine.
• Let your child choose their own small, soft toothbrush.
• Try different toothpaste flavours until you find one your child likes.
• Make brushing teeth fun. Sing a song, tell a story or listen to music.
• Use these tips to effectively brush your toddler’s teeth.
For concerns about your child’s dental health – contact your local public health dental program