Dental care for infants & children
Good oral hygiene starts as early as infancy. Whether you're nursing or bottle feeding, you should begin incorporating some type of dental hygiene regimen as soon as possible. Before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Once teeth begin to come in, keep them clean using the right set of tools is essential for this daily ritual. For example, it is important to purchase a toothbrush designed specifically for babies, which will have a much smaller head, for their tiny mouths. There is no better time than childhood to practice proper oral hygiene. Habits incorporated at this tender age stays on forever.
The earliest risks to a child’s oral health are Crooked tooth growth from sucking on pacifiers and baby bottle tooth decay, both of which can cause serious problems. Decay in baby teeth commonly occurs when bacteria from sugars in the child’s food and beverages forms into acid. This acid damages the enamel of your child’s teeth, leading to demineralization and eventually cavities. Although the primary teeth will fall out later in childhood it is important that we preserve them till the date of their natural defoliation so that your child’s future dentition is not disarranged. When their baby teeth fall out early, as a result of decay or gum disease, the permanent teeth may grow in crooked or misplaced, requiring expensive orthodontic treatment to correct. And of course, kids need their primary teeth for biting, chewing, and speaking for the first six years of their life, until they begin to fall out and are replaced with their adult teeth. It is advised that all children must have their first dental visit before their first birthday to identify any decay or potential risks to the child’s oral health. Once any of your little ones teeth are showing through, you can book them in for a check-up and can begin to brush them with a very soft toothbrush. Brush your teeth in front of your child as often as possible. Children love to copy what they see their parents doing, and brushing regularly is a great habit for them to pick up, The toothpaste the rest of the family uses is far too strong for a baby so you should buy toothpastes specifically made for young children, and you should use one that contains fluoride. You’re not alone if you’re afraid of the dentist yourself, many people suffer from dental anxiety, but it’s important to make it a positive experience for your child so they don’t grow up with the same fear.