The teeth are one of the most important physical assets you should never take for granted. How could you smile heartily if you cannot properly show off your teeth? If you regretted not taking care of them properly then start with taking proper dental care of your kids. You would not want them to miss out on picture takings during family reunions and important gatherings. Good teeth also contribute to confidence when talking.
Teeth do not grow all at once; as your baby develops, teeth start to come out one, two or more at a time. The teeth, especially the ones first to come out need extra care to keep them healthy and strong.
1. During infancy
Baby’s teeth start to take form in as early as the fourth week during pregnancy. Though it may not be visible yet you should start cleaning your baby’s gums to wipe away bacteria present. Wipe it gently with a clean, moist cloth.
2. When the teeth start coming out
Some babies may have visible teeth (milk teeth) earlier than other babies and may start to come out on the upper gums or the lower gums. When their teeth start to come out, brush it gently with an infant brush. Infant brushes are soft and can be attached to your finger so you can fully cover your baby’s mouth. Bottle feeding during sleeping time can also cause tooth decay; the milk stays longer in the mouth during the whole sleeping hours allowing the sugar to damage the enamel.
3. During two years of age
During this age, most children know how to spit out. Allow them to use the toothbrush and squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Let them brush while you brush your teeth too so they can imitate the way you brush your teeth. Make it a habit to brush after meals or at least twice a day especially after eating too many sweets. A pea-sized amount is allowed until 5 years of age. You should not panic if you start to notice cavities on your kid’s teeth, ‘milk teeth’ are not permanent and will be replaced when it falls out.
4. Nutrient intake
Your child’s diet also plays an important role. Provide foods that contain nutrients good for the teeth, foods rich in calcium and phosphorus such as milk, nuts, and meats. Limit your child’s intake to foods rich in sugar like candies, lollipops, chocolates and soft drinks.
5. Check with your dentist
For maintenance and dental problems, it is best to regularly consult with your family dentist to provide the best solution for an overall oral health.