5 Facts about a Child’s Teeth
Most parents want the best for their children and this includes their teeth. Starting from the time they are born all the way to when they reach their pre-teens, teenage years and beyond, it is a good idea to include dental visits as part of your lifestyle. After all, your children will only grow a great set of permanent teeth once in their lives.
By two years of age, pediatric fluoride toothpaste can be started. Once your child is able to gargle and spit, you can go ahead and switch to a 1000ppm fluoride content toothpaste. Of course, these facts apply only to those gargling non fluoridated water. If you happen to live in an area in which fluoride toothpaste is used, you can go ahead and introduce fluoridated toothpaste at the age of six years old.
For most children, a check up twice a year is recommended. Kids can remain free of cavities with regular visits to the dentist.Some kids need visits to the dentist more frequently due to a great risk of getting decayed teeth, poor oral hygiene or unusual patterns of growth.
Check your own and your spouse’s teeth health. Are there family histories of bad teeth? Depending on your findings, being vigilant about dental visits for your kids may be something you want to do.
Once the child reaches the age of one, you can introduce a soft brush for your baby’s teeth. On the other hand, before this age, you can begin cleaning teeth as soon as the baby is born. Use a damp cloth to wipe the pads of the gum and the teeth that have started to come out until you switch to a toothbrush. Keep in mind that as your child breastfeeds or bottle feeds, the last mouthful of milk tends to stay in the mouth. This can cause decay as it pools around each tooth. The molars and the upper front teeth are the ones most affected.
It is adorable to see your baby smiling with a mouth full of gums. It is just as cute to see the first white pearlies making an appearance in their little gums. Your baby will most likely have a full set of milk teeth before you realize it! Parents who believe that milk teeth merely fall off anyway tend to neglect this first set of teeth. This is something you should not do as it will affect the quality of your baby’s life in general. When babies cut their milk teeth and these begin to make an appearance, they frequently experience disturbed sleep, a loss of appetite, increased drooling and sore gums. To get some relief, they may want to chew on their fingers, a toy or get cranky otherwise. Fever and diarrhea may be the result of chewing on unclean fingers or objects. This is not caused by the milk teeth making an appearance. Once you notice these things happening, get in touch with your child’s pediatrician immediately.