07 Dec Dental care in children
Parents of infants can help set the stage for healthy teeth and gums in the first year of a child’s life.After feedings, brush the child’s mouth with water using a soft-bristled baby toothbrush or a soft washcloth.Schedule regular check-ups with your child’s pediatrician, who will check your baby’s mouth as part of the examination.The American Dental Association recommends a first visit with the dentist by 12 months of age.
12 months – Age 2
Once a child’s baby teeth have come in (the first tooth usually appears between four months and 12 months; and all baby teeth, including molars, should come in before age three), proper brushing and dental care becomes even more important.
Begin to teach your child proper brushing habits by cleaning his or her teeth twice a day, morning and evening. Parents, you will need to do the cleaning at this age, but this routine will also help prepare your child to brush alone when ready.
Schedule a check-up with your dentist. Good preventive care at this age can help prevent more serious dental issues later. This visit is also a good time to discuss your child’s bite, pacifier use and other mouth- related issues.
Child’s oral dental care
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Floss every day – usually at bedtime.
- Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
Reasons of Tooth decay
Tooth decay is also known as a cavity or dental caries. Inadequate dental care and not brushing your child’s teeth enough can be causes of decay.
Tooth decay occurs in children when bacteria within the mouth begin to eat away at the primary teeth. Unhealthy eating habits contribute to tooth decay, too.
Cavities can develop when sugar-containing foods are allowed to stay in the mouth for a long time. Bacteria that live on the teeth feast on these bits of food and can eat away at tooth enamel. Saliva washes away the acid between meals, but if your child is always eating, there may not be time for this acid to get washed away.
How to brush your teeth
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most children do not come close to brushing that long. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
- Clean the chewing surfaces
- Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to re-infection.
The information contained on this Website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your health care provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.