How often should you brush a two-year-old’s teeth?

Ideally, you should clean all teeth surfaces at least twice per day, once after breakfast and once before bed. Until your child is 18 months old, you should only use water unless instructed otherwise by a dental professional. However, you can start using small amounts of low-fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel from two years. Where possible, try to include your child in the process. Get them to hold the toothbrush as you scrub to feel what the action is like. Then just maintain this angle while brushing all around the mouth, back and forth over all the teeth’ surfaces. If possible, try to brush your child’s tongue, which can be a magnet for bacteria.

What causes tooth sensitivity and should I be worried about it?

Patients often notice tooth sensitivity as pain when eating hot or cold foods or beverages. Tooth sensitivity is caused when the tooth’s surface has been worn away (leaving underlying dentin layer bare) or when gums have receded, exposing the sensitive root of the tooth. This exposed dentin allows heat, cold or pressure to reach your tooth’s nerve directly, resulting in pain. Tooth sensitivity can be a precursor to other dental problems, because exposed dentin is more vulnerable to decay and receding gums is a sign of possible gum disease. If you have sensitive teeth, please visit a dentist right away so he can make recommendations on how to deal with it.