Dental Care for BabiesFebruary 15, 2017
Oral health is equally important as physical health. So, you need to teach your child to take a good care of his teeth and oral health as early as possible. It is not a good idea to postpone oral hygiene lessons thinking that these are not his permanent teeth. But, you need to understand the fact that the temporary teeth only define placements for the permanent teeth. So, oral care should be taught to your kids right away.
You can use these tips to make sure that your child’s teeth and gums are protected from cavities and decay:
- Go for a regular dental checkup: Make sure that your child visit the dentist regularly for the routine dental checkup. It is important that every child should have a one dentist visit by the time he or she turns one. Preventive care is better than cure, that helps you in saving a lot of money eventually.
- Teach good habits of flossing and brushing the teeth daily: Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to oral well-being. For babies, you can start by brushing with just plain water and introduce a little bit of toothpaste by the time they turn 2. Also, flossing should also be introduced as soon as the child’s teeth start touching each other. Make sure to check with the dentist before starting with flossing so that proper technique can be learned. It helps in removing plaque from between the teeth and the gum line so that it does not form into tartar.
- Avoid juices and other sugary drinks: Try to limit juices and sugary drinks as much as possible. Too much sugar intake produces plaque acids that can cause cavities and tooth decay. Also, make sure that your kid rinses his mouth thoroughly if he eats too sugar stuff so that nothing is left on the teeth.
- Wean from feeding bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups at the right age: It is not good for the oral health to put the baby sleep with a feeding bottle in his mouth. That can cause cavities and tooth placement issues. Make sure to brush his teeth after having done with the milk in the night. Also, wean the baby from the feeding bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups at the right age to avoid any tooth placement issues in future.
- Make sure that they are getting the right amount of fluoride: Fluoride is important for dental health. So, always use toothpaste with fluorides to brush your teeth. Also, check that if the water coming in your community area contains fluoride or not. If not, then check with the doctor so that he can prescribe some supplements for your kid so that his fluoride level does not go down.
Being patient and forming good habits can help in preventing any dental care issues in your kids.