What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing? How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Children’s teeth start forming when they are in the womb and primary or milk or deciduous teeth may be seen from four months of age. While the rate and order in which teeth erupt will vary, twenty teeth should be present by the time a child reaches three years of age.
At around six to seven years, primary teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth. The molars erupt first in the upper and lower jaw behind the existing last primary teeth in the jaw. The lower central incisor erupts and it is common that they erupt behind the primary central incisor. But after several weeks-months this will fall in the right position. Other teeth usually erupt where the gaps are present from the shaded teeth.
The loss of a tooth may cause children to become anxious due to blood and pain but this can be overcome with an incentive from the tooth fairy.
Parents are responsible for caring for baby and toddler teeth and teaching children how to look after their teeth, gums and mouths. Oral infections such as oral thrush, mouth ulcers, cold sores and hand foot mouth are some common problems. Children’s teeth should be regularly checked and this will help the child to get into a good routine for the rest of their life.
The use of dummies and thumb sucking may be a concern once permanent teeth appear. It may cause cross bite, deep palate and dental changes. These habits generally do not have any consequence at an early age.
Caries can start at an early age and the front upper four teeth are commonly affected mostly due to incorrect usage of baby bottles such as consuming juice in the bottle. The first sign of early childhood caries are dull white line across the gum line. Usually bacteria found in the plaque converts sugar into acids which dissolves the mineral in the tooth enamel.
Brown or black areas around the tooth indicate a hole and this is usually occurs in the upper teeth.
Parents can protect their children’s teeth by adhering to the following:
- Take the bottle away when the child has had enough
- Use cooled boiled water if the child needs a bottle for comfort or extra fluids
- Introduce the child to a feeding cup between six and eight months of age. In most cases, the bottle can be discarded when the child is 12 months old.
- Encourage children to drink water rather than fruit juices or sweet drinks when thirsty
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