Every parent and guardian has probably experienced that nightly fight with a child who declines to brush their teeth. It is normal for toddlers to be hyped and hard about night-time customs, but this not a reason for bad oral hygiene. Encouraging dental health should always begin early so that future problems will be avoided.
Start Before Teething
This may sound a little awkward to you but dental care should be provided even if your baby has no teeth yet. Clean their gums with a spongy, soft and wet cloth after eating; this stops the build-up of bacteria. Get an appointment with the dentist when your child reaches . This ensures that your baby’s dental health is in best condition and your dentist can educate you about sustaining good oral health for your child.
Excess of Bottle and breast feeding can decay teeth
Bottle decay first causes decay to occur in the upper front teeth and then for decay to appear in the upper and lower back teeth.
Dental care for children is best observed by wise management practices. If your baby needs a bottle to sleep, use plain water. Stop absolute use of a bottle when the child turns one and see a dentist immediately if you see a brown mark on the baby’s teeth which cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
Most children can be treated for this problem in the dentist’s chair, but for very young children, a general anesthetic may be required, so all the work can be done in one go.
Another problem to young children is thumb-sucking. This is a common habit of many babies and toddlers and it can ease them and help them to fall asleep. Most young children will stop this habit on their own or due to peer pressure. It usually has very little bad effect, but there are some potential problems.
The upper front teeth may be pushed out, resulting in buck teeth. An open bite may develop so there is a gap between the upper and lower teeth. The child may start breathing through his mouth and it is possible that the upper jaw may become distorted. Calluses may appear on his thumbs or fingers or he may develop cracked fingers.
Most of these problems will correct themselves once the habit stops. Gentle ways to stop your child sucking is to simply remind him not to put his thumb in his mouth. A band-aid can be placed around the thumbs at the time of the day that the child is on the verge of suckimg.
Last but not least, bring your children to the dentist every six months for a regular cleaning. This will greatly improve the dental health of your kids since these dental experts are well experienced and equipped to properly check and clean teeth. Careful attention to your child’s teeth will result in a healthy, happy child with a beautiful smile. As soon as he can manage it, encourage your child to take responsibility for his own oral health and you will be rewarded with your concern over dental care for children by seeing your child confident and trouble-free.