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45869 New Bremen, OH, US
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Congratulations on the arrival of your child! Are you getting ready for the arrival of your child’s first tooth? Follow these standards and they’ll be on the way to a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Caring For Gums
Even before your child’s first tooth appears, the gums can benefit from your mindful attention. After breast or bottle feeding, cover one finger with a clean, damp washcloth or piece of gauze and carefully rub it across your baby’s gum tissue. This practice both clears your youngster’s mouth of any pieces of food and begins the process for developing great daily oral care habits..
Baby’s First Tooth
When that very first tooth makes an entrance, it’s time to update to a baby toothbrush. There are generally two choices: a long-handled tooth brush that you and your infant can hold at the same time, and a finger-puppet-like brush that fits over the your pointer finger. In each case, the bristles are few and soft.
At this phase, tooth paste isn’t required; just dip the brush in water prior to using it. Do not worry if your little one does not react well to the intro of a tooth brush. Switch back to a damp washcloth for a couple of months and attempt the tooth brush again. During the teething process, your kid will wish to chew on practically anything, and a child tooth brush with a teether can end up being a favorite toy during this period.
Brushing With Toothpaste
When a couple of more teeth appear, you can begin utilizing toothpaste with your kid’s brush. For the very first two years, be sure to choose tooth paste that does not include fluoride, unless advised to do so by our office, considering that too much fluoride can be harmful for children. At this phase, use only a small quantity of tooth paste. From the start, have your little one practice spitting the tooth paste out after brushing to get ready for fluoride toothpaste, which should not be swallowed at any age.
Don’t give your infant any sort of sweetened liquids such as flavored beverages or soda. Even the sugars present in fruit formula, juice, and milk (this chooses breast milk as well) can trigger decay, so regular teeth and gum cleansing is essential. Also, ensure your child never goes to bed with a bottle; sweet liquids in extended contact with teeth are a guarantee for early-childhood decay, likewise called baby-bottle caries.
FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
It’s suggested that you bring your child in for a check up within six months of their first tooth’s emergence– usually around their first birthday. Since decay can happen in even the tiniest of teeth, the earlier your infant check outs us, the more likely they can avoid problems.
Setting A Good Example
Try different methods to make brushing fun for your kids: flavored tooth paste, a toothbrush with a favorite character on it, or singing tunes about brushing. The primary objective is to impart healthy dental care habits at an early age to set your kid up for a lifetime of healthy, cavity-free teeth!
Brush and floss daily while your child can see you, and they will mimic it at an early age. As soon as your child shows interest, use a tooth brush of his or her own and encourage your young child to “brush” with you.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY TEETH
Even though your child’s ‘baby teeth’ ultimately fall out, that doesn’t mean it’s not important to keep them healthy and clean. Baby teeth play a crucial role in your kid’s general health, development, and wellness. Much like your own permanent teeth, your kid’s baby teeth require at-home and expert care. Tooth decay can take place at any age, so be sure to visit the dentist within 6 months of your child’s first tooth appearing, and certainly by age one.
What Is The Purpose Of Primary Teeth?
Most children have their full set of baby teeth by the time they’re three years old. Baby teeth are important for many reasons. They:
- Promote good nutrition through proper chewing techniques
- Assist in speech development
- Build self-esteem by providing a beautiful smile
- Enable the child to learn in school without distraction of dental pain
- Provide a path for permanent teeth to grow into when ready
What Happens If Baby Teeth Aren’t Taken Care Of?
Baby teeth can get cavities just like adult teeth. Tooth decay is a serious disease that can spread rapidly and lead to infection or abscess without appropriate measures.
If a tooth ends up decaying and requires extraction, Dr. Geoffrey Froning will advise inserting an area maintainer. If the space where the tooth is missing isn’t maintained, other teeth might wander, causing difficult-to-treat crowding and orthodontic problems when long-term teeth been available in.
The most essential aspect of taking care of your kid’s baby teeth is the example you help to set. Early on, your child should develop the practice of brushing and flossing that will bring into the adult years.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Also called early childhood caries, ‘baby bottle’ tooth decay can occur in babies and toddlers. Your child requires strong, healthy baby teeth to chew food correctly and develop good speech habits, so avoiding infant bottle decay is essential.
The Causes Of Tooth Decay In Children
There are many risk factors when it comes to kids’s tooth decay. A common cause is the regular and prolonged direct exposure of your kid’s teeth to sugary drinks, consisting of formula, fruit, and milk juice.
Tooth decay can likewise be brought on by bacteria passed from you to your baby through saliva by sharing spoons, screening foods before feeding them to your baby, and cleaning off a pacifier in your mouth instead of with water. These germs can begin the procedure that causes cavities even prior to your infant’s baby teeth emerge, so it’s important to prevent sharing saliva with your baby from the start.
If your baby or toddler does not get a sufficient quantity of fluoride internally through water, specifically if he or she consumes bottled water, there can also be an increased danger for dental caries. We might prescribe fluoride supplements to assist avoid tooth decay.
TOOTH DECAY PREVENTION
The good news about baby bottle tooth decay is that it can be prevented.
- Wipe your child’s gums with a clean washcloth after each feeding.
- Start brushing your child’s teeth, without toothpaste, when the first tooth comes in.
- Clean and massage gums in toothless areas.
- Only place formula, milk, or breast milk in bottles. Avoid adding sugary drinks to your child’s bottle.
- Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle that contains anything but water.
- Never dip a pacifier in anything sweet, like sugar water or honey.
- Schedule an appointment with our office by your child’s first birthday or when the first teeth begin to emerge.
Remember, healthy little smiles grow up to be healthy big smiles!
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