Oral health in children over age two

While it’s not always easy to get a child to give up their pacifier or sucking their thumb, it’s essential to wean them from these practices by the time they reach age 3.

Between the ages of 2 and 6, it’s important to monitor your child’s brushing and flossing techniques. Also, if your chosen toothpaste contains fluoride, make sure that your child uses no more than a pea-sized amount per brushing and does not swallow it.

Ask your child to take particular care in brushing the upper and lower back teeth as these areas are often neglected. Kids between the ages of 6 and 13 are more subject to developing cavities in their molars (back teeth) and pre-molars (behind the incisors). Your dentist may therefore recommend the application of a dental sealant, which is an optimal solution to prevent the infiltration of bacteria via the tooth’s natural recesses. In certain cases, the dentist may also recommend the use of a high-fluoride toothpaste.