Kids Dental Treatment
A fact that is unknown to most parents is that dental care should start as soon as the first tooth comes out. In reality, a baby’s teeth begins to develop when inside the womb, therefore calcium supplements are recommended to expecting and nursing mothers. Home remedies such as washing the gums with a damp washcloth on a daily basis can prevent the growth of bacteria the inside the child’s mouth.
Cavity – The Most Common Childhood Dental Problem
As kids approach their first birthday, most parents fail to judge the importance of dental care required for their child. Cavity is their biggest concern but they have no idea how to prevent it.
Kids do not understand the importance of washing their mouth after every meal. Unwashed food debris between teeth are turned into acid by bacteria, and this acid softens the tooth enamel and creates cavities. Moreover, a child’s teeth is more prone to cavity formation because the enamel is not strong enough.
Most parents are also not fully aware of the right brushing techniques that their children should follow. These are the reasons why a pediatric dentist must be consulted in order to ensure a safe dental treatment procedure.
Nursing Bottle Caries
Also known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, Nursing Bottle Caries occur in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. There are many factors which can cause tooth decay. One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. 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.
If the infant or toddler does not receive an adequate amount of fluoride, they may also have an increased risk for tooth decay.
Preventing Nursing Bottle Caries
- Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers. After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth.
- When your child’s teeth comes out, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a smear (or grain of rice sized amount) of fluoride toothpaste until the age of 3.
- Brush the teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste from the ages of 3 to 6.
- Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and not swallow toothpaste—usually not before he or she is 6 or 7.
- Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
- Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.