Establishing Good Oral Habits for Kids

The moment your child’s baby teeth appear, it is already at risk for tooth decay. The eruption of the first primary tooth usually occurs between 6 to 10 months depending on the development of your child. Baby bottle tooth decay is the common term used for tooth decay that occurs in infants and toddlers. The most common and observable types of tooth decay occur on the upper front teeth but is not limited to it. Other teeth can be already affected by the infection without you knowing it. In severe cases, children or toddlers need to undergo tooth extraction which comes with risks especially when general anesthetics are used in extractions.

Exercising Dental Care at A Young Age

Fortunately, tooth decay in toddlers and infants is highly preventable. As your child grows, their primary set of teeth also develops and appears up to 3 years of age. The best preventive measure for parents is to start exercising good oral health hygiene on babies as soon as their tooth comes out. Here are simple extra resources in taking care of your kid’s teeth at an early age.

 Cleaning Child’s Teeth. You can start cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth with moist gauze or washcloth. Wipe their gums too to make sure all areas of their mouth have no milk residue. As soon as the first four upper front teeth appear, you can begin brushing their teeth. Children who aren’t comfortable brushing by themselves would need your help to clean in between teeth that touch. You can smear a small amount of tooth paste on soft bristled brush and brush their teeth daily. Supervise on kids when they brush their teeth to see if they are putting sufficient amount of toothpaste for their age and make sure that they do not swallow it.

Teething. As the primary teeth erupt, signs and symptoms of teething can be observed on your kid. Babies tend to become fussy, irritable, lose their appetite, drool a lot, and cry even more. They even develop rashes on their chin from chapping but are normal symptoms for teething babies. It is quite normal for them to be cranky with their first teeth coming out but when your child starts to have fever, coughing, or other odd symptoms consult your doctor.

Parenting Involves Dental Care on Kids

First Dental Visit. The ADA recommends that babies have their first dental visit as soon as their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Let them have an early feel of the dental office environment and don’t wait for emergencies or school before you let them visit the dentist. First visits usually include oral exam where the dentist checks their mouth, their dental development, and growth. Make their first visit a positive experience to help them develop good dental habits and make regular dental visits more comfortable and less intimidating.

Always remember that kids remember what you instil in their minds at an early age. Let your child grow with good dental habits for a healthier teeth and gums in the future.