The “Terrific Two’s”! It’s all about perspective, right? This is a hectic, yet exciting time in the life of your toddler. So much to see, learn and explore. So many changes. It can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time!
Last birthday your toddler may have had one or two pearly whites! Now when you look in their mouths it seems like all you see are tiny little teeth. Your child will eventually get a total of 20 baby teeth. They may already have that many, but it isn’t unusual for them to reach their third birthday and still have a few to erupt.
At age two, toddlers may still be nursing or using a bottle. Sippy cups are a great way to transition from these feeding methods to a regular cup. They improve hand–to–mouth coordination, so when you feel it is time, begin encouraging the use of a sippy or training cup. There are a variety of cups out there – but don’t be surprised if your little one figures out how to make a “non-spill” cup spill!!
You will want to continue brushing your child’s teeth twice a day using just a small about of ADA-approved kid-safe toothpaste. Keeping a routine will begin to establish a good habit for dental hygiene. At this age, many toddlers want to do everything for themselves and may want to brush their own teeth. Let them have a turn, with your supervision, but afterward, it would be best for you to take a second turn.
There will be so many new and yummy foods for your child to experience. To keep those chompers healthy, offer your child mainly water to drink (stay away from sugary drinks including fruit juice). Avoiding sticky, sugary foods is also important.
Your toddler should see the family dentist every six months. The dentist is your best source of information for your growing child’s dental health. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit to the orthodontist at age 7. In the meantime, enjoy this terrific year of being two!!