Why is oral health important among toddlers?

  • Cavities or caries or tooth decay are the common chronic diseases seen in childhood.1
  • Untreated cavities can result in pain and infections that may cause problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.1
  • Kids with poor oral health tend to miss school.1

However, it is important to know that cavities are preventable.1

Following tips can help you to protect your child's teeth2,3

  • Brush your child's teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Select appropriate toothbrush for your child. The toothbrush should be soft with a small head and a large handle.
  • Carefully brush all accessible surfaces of each tooth.
  • When 2 teeth touch each other, consider flossing. Some kids may just need a few back teeth flossed while other children may need flossing between all their tight teeth, based on dental spacing.
  • Take your kid for regular dental check-ups.


  1. Children's oral health[Internet]. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html. Accessed on Feb 13, 2020.
  2. A pediatric guide to children's oral health[Internet]. Available at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Oral-Health/Documents/OralHealthFCpagesF2_2_1.pdf. Accessed on Feb 13, 2020.
  3. Taking care of your child's smile[Internet]. Available at: https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ForthePatient-0514.ashx. Accessed on Feb 13, 2020.