What You Should Know About Children’s Dental Health:
Even before your child’s first tooth, proper care should be taken to allow your babies’ teeth to emerge healthy. Cleaning of the babies’ gums can help prevent damaging bacteria from accumulating. Remember, milk and fruit juice have sugars that can cause decay. A simple, soft wiping of the babies’ gums can help.
Your child’s teeth are important. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak, and have a nice smile. Baby teeth also keep a space in the jaw for the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the teeth beside it may drift into the empty space. When it’s time for the adult teeth to come in, there may not be enough room. This can make the teeth crooked or crowded. Starting infants with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.
A factor for tooth decay is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar – like sweetened water and fruit juice, milk, breast milk and formula. Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby. Sugary liquids pool around the teeth. Pacifiers dipped in sugar or honey can also lead to tooth decay since the sugar or honey provide food for the bacteria’s acid attacks.
Schedule your child for his/her first exam. Your child can sit in your lap for the examination. This also helps the child get accustomed to visiting the dentist so they will have less fear about going as they grow older.
Protecting your child’s dental health can help reduce future costs, but most importantly, save him or her from possible embarrassment in the future.
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