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What can I do to make sure my toddler's teeth are healthy?

Even though a toddler's milk teeth will be replaced by permanent ones, you should do your best to take care of them. Milk teeth affect early speech development, the ability to eat a solid diet and even the new replacement teeth.
 
Here are some steps you can take to ensure your baby's milk teeth are healthy:
  • Don't give your toddler sugary drinks or even milk after they've brushed their teeth at night
  • Avoid foods sweetened with added sugar or concentrated fruit juice
  • If your toddler still uses a soother, never dip it into anything sweet. 
  • Give your toddler food with plenty of calcium, vitamins and minerals to encourage healthy teeth to form. 
  • Use toddler toothpaste and a specially designed toothbrush that has a small head and soft bristles.

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