HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO BE TAKING CARE OF YOUR CHILD’S BABY TEETH

  • The Importance of Taking Care of Your Children’s Teeth

    Yes, your children will lose their baby teeth. But before you let them slide on dental hygiene, find out why it’s so important to take care of kids teeth.

    Think about your teeth. Did you take care of them as a child?

    Did you have extensive work done to your teeth at a young age due to negligence?

    Preventative measures are important, especially with oral health.

    Kid’s Teeth and You

    To prevent further damage to your child’s oral health, start taking care now. Forming early habits in life can be a great way to make the most out of what is available before it becomes a problem!

    Habits that are going to have the most impact will be:

    • Eating and drinking
    • Brushing and flossing
    • Regular dental visits

    These will be the cornerstones of any kid’s teeth, and it is not surprising to find that dental hygiene is important.

    Of course, you’re going to have to also form habits as well! Making sure to take them to a dental practice can be crucial to the child’s oral health.

    Each child is going to be different. Yet, there are certain age-oriented tips that are specific to age.

    When should you take your child for its first dental visit? This is a common question asked by many parents.

    We recommend around the age of 18mths- 2years old.

    Children 0-1

    Baby teeth are important to take care of, but what about the time leading up to the first tooth?

    Gums should be a priority before kid’s teeth come in. Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, wet cloth after each feeding. A finger brush can also come in handy when kid’s teeth start coming in. No toothpaste is necessary!

    Limit sugar intake before bed as well! Kid’s teeth are very susceptible to sugar in the beginning. Never sweeten a bottle of milk before bed or at any time as this will lead to excess sugar lingering in the mouth.

    Toddlers 1-2

    Children this age should now be developing teeth regularly. It is important to brush at least twice a day to form a good routine.

    Again, these are habit-forming tasks you’re trying to teach!

    Try to make it a game or reward your kids for brushing  when they should! At this age, kid’s teeth are forming and can be a problem if sugar sits on them. Toddlers will be picky about what they want to do.

    Don’t let up! If you let your child go to bed without brushing, they are likely to continue not brushing.

    Preschool 3-5

    By now, healthy habits should start to form.

    Note that kid’s teeth are still forming and that fluoride should be prominent in the toothpaste you use. The child should not be using so much they swallow it! Fluoride should only be used when kid’s teeth are formed and they are able to spit it out, which can be from age 2 and up. Use a toothpaste for the relevant age group.

    Past preschool is no different than before! Dental hygiene is important no matter what age. Getting into the habit of regular teeth cleaning visits is also crucial!

    Good practices should be done sooner in life, rather than later. Here are more dental tips that aren’t always age-specific to kid’s teeth.

    Thumb Sucking

    It is a normal thing to have kids suck on a pacifier, thumb, or even other fingers. This usually stops from age 2 to 4, however, keep an eye on it. Kid’s teeth can be formed irregularly due to thumb sucking and even pacifiers!

    Check with your child’s dentist to see if this going to be a problem.

    Fluoride

    Cavity prevention should be a regular worry for any kid’s teeth. Yet, with the introduction of fluoride, cavities and tooth decay is much less of a worry as long as the good habits already mentioned are adhered too.

    Fluoride is obtained in two forms: topical and systemic.

    • Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth making them more decay-resistant. Topical fluorides include toothpaste and mouth rinses.
    • Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested into the body and form tooth structures. Systemic fluorides include tablets, lozenges, and drops.

    It is important to note that some community water systems may already have fluoride in them so additional fluoride supplements are not required!

    Note, that when using fluoride with any kid’s teeth, a child 3 or younger should only get a small dab of fluoride toothpaste to brush with.

    Diet

    Everyday diet plays a huge role in the development of kid’s teeth. Sugary, sticky, and starchy foods can all affect oral hygiene and decay rates.

    It is up to you to make sure your child brushes after eating foods like this. We aren’t saying to avoid them! Again, forming those brushing habits early on can be a great tool to prevent decay in the future.

    Primary (Baby) Teeth vs. Permanent Teeth

    Between primary and permanent teeth is a few years. However, it is important to note that some children may be born without certain permanent teeth underneath!

    Keeping primary teeth is important, even though most, if not all, fall out eventually. Thinking that you’re able to not worry about primary teeth is a mistake. Gum disease and tooth decay can be a problem even when primary teeth are all your child has!

    So, as always, brushing and flossing habits should be utilized no matter if they are primary or permanent teeth.

    How We Can Help

    No matter how old, kids need to learn that their teeth are important. Getting into early-formed habits is the key for good oral hygiene later in life.

    Cornerhouse Dental Care is here to help you and your children get the best dental treatments for optimal oral health! We’d love to see you, so contact us for more information and to book an appointment!

    For more dental hygiene and oral maintenance tips, feel free to check out more of our blogs.

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