A good way to monitor your child’s growth and development is through their teeth and mouths. How and when teeth grow in can be a good indicator of how healthily and regularly your little one is growing up. As you follow this checklist below, consider the oral hygiene tips from Coral Gablesfamily dental to implement and keep your kids’ mouths sparkling clean.
By 24 months, children should have at least 12 teeth. Most children have 12-16 teeth by 18 months. Since growth cycles can vary, monitoring teeth growth around 18 months and allow the time between 18 and 24 months for more to grow in.
By 25-36 months, children have at least 16 teeth. Most children have 18-20 teeth by 36 months.
At least twice a day, an adult should clean the child’s mouth; at least one of those times before bed. To clean, use water and a soft bristle toothbrush. Until a child can spit out on his or her own, it’s best to avoid toothpaste.
Check beneath the top lip once a month to ensure that your child’s teeth are white and shiny. Blemishes, spots, and chips are warrant reasons for a trip to the dentist.
Before or after the first birthday, you child should go in to see a dentist for a checkup.
By 18 months, ween your child off the sippy cups and bottles.
Try to discourage sleeping with a bottle; if it is necessary, fill it with water only- nothing sugary.
Do not eat or snack more than 5-6 times throughout the day. Aim for set times throughout the day so that the mouth can get on a natural cleaning schedule, too.
Come into GablesSedation Family Dentist Miami for more tips on maintaining proper dental hygiene and development throughout your child’s earliest years.