If your child or toddler won’t let you brush their teeth, good oral care can get tricky.  It’s important to develop good health habits at an early age.  Start off by using a clean washcloth to clean your child’s mouth after each meal, as early as possible.  This will get your child used to your later oral care efforts.  Try this also for your uncooperative two year old: start off with the washcloth approach and gradually move to a toothbrush.  With patience and perseverance, she should eventually let you brush her teeth properly.  Current guidelines recommend brushing your children’s teeth until they are able to write their own name. Once they’re able to brush on their own (usually after age eight), supervise them frequently to ensure they’re doing it properly.

Dr. Chris Kan is a Kitsilano Dentist and since 1998, has been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry with a conservative, “less is best” approach. By integrating innovative technologies with a passion for excellence, Dr. Kan and his team provide thorough, comprehensive care for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Contact Dr. Kan at 604-224-8000 or at www.arbutusdentist.com