Four Things about Baby Teeth
Most of us are familiar with basic daily dental care, but what about safe dental care for a baby? Whether you are about to have a child or you already have a gadget, the following are common Four common problems with baby teeth:
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental checkup should be at the time of the first tooth protrusion, that is, when the deciduous teeth erupt, usually before the child’s first birthday. The purpose of the first visit was not to find cavities, but education. The goal was to create a healthy family environment in early childhood. Most of the first visit will be spent on researching good prevention strategies. A pediatric dentist is a good source of information. They will give parents the tools they need to prevent the baby’s teeth from gnawing when they emerge.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth? How much toothpaste should I use?
The time to start brushing is when the first tooth comes out! (Before that, parents should gently wipe their child’s gums with a soft towel every day.) First, use fluoride-free “baby” toothpaste. This will make children used to the concept of toothpaste, and there is no potential harm if swallowed. Later, when most or all of the deciduous teeth grow, parents should switch to fluoride-containing children’s toothpaste. At this age, only a small amount of toothpaste is needed. It won’t hurt if your child swallows a small amount of toothpaste, but exposing your teeth to fluoride at this age can be very beneficial.
Is it safe to floss my baby?
Yes, dental floss is safe at any age. Parents may notice that there is a large gap between the teeth of young children and may think that flossing is not necessary. But it is never too early to familiarize children with the concept of using dental floss. Remember that children need help flossing until they are six or seven years old.
Are pacifiers and thumb sucking habits harmful? When should I start worrying about stopping these habits?
The pacifiers and sucking thumbs provide comfort for children, and to some extent are healthy habits. Children usually stop these habits at the age of three. As older children continue to use thumbs or pacifiers, suction may change teeth and even change the shape of the child’s chin. In this case, corrective treatment may require future intervention.