CHILDREN TEETH/BABY TEETH:
Most kids have their first set of teeth by the time they are 2.5-3 years old. They are called as baby teeth/milk teeth.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CARE FOR BABY TEETH
- It is true that baby teeth are only in the mouth for a short period of time. They play a vital role
- Baby teeth:
- Reserve place for their permanent teeth
- Aid in development of clear speech.
- Help attain good nutrition.
- Give the face its normal appearance.
- Prevention of damage to milk teeth and provide healthy environment for the permanent teeth.
- It is important to know about the health of your child’s teeth from the initial days for his better oral health in later days.
IMPORTANCE OF DENTIST
- Dentist can provide you complete guidance on your child’s oral condition and help prevention of any sort of gum or tooth related issues.
- Monitor growth and development of jaws and teeth from the initial period.
- Guidance to prevent tooth damage.
WHEN TO CLEAN YOUR TODDLER’S TEETH
It is crucial to maintain baby dental hygiene. Your toddler will need his teeth cleaned at least twice a day. After breakfast and after his evening meal are ideal times, but before bedtime is the most important time to brush a child’s teeth; decay-causing bacteria are more likely to grow at night.
HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TODDLER’S TEETH
- The best way to brush baby teeth is to appeal to your toddler’s sense of independence (Eg.only big boys and girls get to brush their own teeth), provide some tasty toothpaste and a small, soft toothbrush and the task may be greeted with the same enthusiasm as a new toy.
- Use a pea size amount of toothpaste containing fluoride. Too much fluoride could cause permanent tooth stains.
- He/she may only concentrate on the front, so remind him to get the teeth hiding in the back.
- Parents should show him/her how to rinse thoroughly with water, and then carefully brush his/her
- As young babies usually don’t get onto all the surfaces and crevices of teeth, parents should assist them in brushing until they can brush on their own
WHEN TO TAKE YOUR TODDLER TO THE DENTIST
Now is a good time to get your toddler used to visiting the dentist every 6 months for a checkup. Do your best to make the occasion fun. If he is nervous, sit him on your lap in the “magic” chair so the dentist can have quick look inside his mouth.