Toddlers Getting Root Canals? How Often Do You Brush Your Toddler's Teeth?

I admit, I am guilty of neglecting my toddler's teeth.

Have you ever heard of a toddler getting a root canal?  I hadn’t, until this morning.

I was reading an article on Jezebel detailing the hazards of the sugar consumption of so many Americans.  In We Live In A Country Where 2-Year-Olds Are Getting Root Canals Dodai Stewart notes not only the prevalence of so much sugar, but of parents’ apparent reluctance to brush their childrens’ teeth.

I admit, I’m guilty of this.  Sometimes, in my quest to just get my 3-year-old in bed so I can have some mommy time for three freaking seconds before I collapse into bed, I skip the teeth-brushing routine either because I forget, or struggling over brushing is the last thing I feel like doing at the end of a long day.

But maybe I better get over my tiredness.  A story in the New York Times takes us into an oral surgeon’s office as he works on a 2-year-old because 11 of the kid’s 12 baby teeth have cavities.

Devin’s mother, Melody Koester, told the NY Times something that sounds eerily similar to what I just shared with you.  “I had a lot on my mind, and brushing his teeth was an extra thing I didn’t think about at night”.

As a result, Melody and her husband, Matthew, noticed Devon’s teeth were discolored when he was just 18 months old.  18 months? I don’t think we even started brushing at 18 months!

But maybe I’m part of the problem.  As the NY Times reports, “dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay, they added, is so severe that they often recommend using general anesthesia because young children are unlikely to sit through such extensive procedures while they are awake.”

Okay, so give me the skinny…  At what age did you start brushing your child’s teeth and how often do you brush?


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