Baby teeth are incredibly important for your children.
Acting as space-savers that guide their permanent teeth into their correct place, it’s vital that baby teeth are looked after. Generally, it is recommended that children see a dentist by the age of one year, or within six months of their first tooth coming through. Children’s visits to a dentist from a young age will help them get used to the dentist but also ensure there are no problems with your child’s teeth.
Your child’s first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.
It is designed to give your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. During the examination, your dentist will check your child’s development, look for any potential problems and provide a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice on any development or cleaning issues or concerns.
Overall, regular children check-ups with the dentist can help prevent this disease and ensure your children’s teeth stay healthy and let them grow, talk, develop and smile as normal.
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How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay
During the day, to calm or comfort your baby, don’t give a bottle filled with sugary liquids or milk; instead, give plain water or substitute a pacifier. Don’t dip your baby’s pacifier in sugar, honey, or any sugary liquid. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with sugary liquids or allow your baby to nurse continuously throughout the night while sleeping. Use a pacifier or give your baby a bottle filled with plain water instead.
Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s teeth and gums after each feeding. This helps remove any bacteria-forming plaque and excess sugar that have built up on the teeth and gums. Ask your dentist about your baby’s fluoride needs. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, fluoride supplements or fluoride treatments may be needed.
Use a cup
Teach your baby to drink from a cup by their first birthday. Moving to a “sippy cup” reduces the teeth’s exposure to sugars; however, constant sipping from the cup can still result in decay unless it is filled with plain water.
Generally, it’s normal and healthy for infants to suck their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, or toys. Object sucking gives children a sense of emotional security and comfort. However, if thumb sucking continues beyond the age of 5 – when the permanent teeth begin to come in – dental problems may occur. Depending on the frequency, intensity and duration of the sucking, the teeth can be pushed out of alignment, causing them to protrude and create an overbite.
The child may also have difficulty with the correct pronunciation of words. In addition, the upper and lower jaws can become misaligned and the roof of the mouth might become malformed