How to brush your child's teeth?
Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque. The best kind of toothbrush to use is one with soft, round-tipped bristles. A child will need a smaller brush than an adult.
Young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Your child will need your supervision and help brushing until he or she is 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done. When the bristles become bent or frayed, a new brush is needed.
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Baby Bottle Syndrome, or Nursing Bottle Mouth are all terms used to describe a dental condition, which involves the rapid decay of many or all the baby teeth of an infant or child.
The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper front teeth. They are some of the first teeth to erupt and thus have the longest exposure time to the sugars in the bottle. The lower front teeth tend to be protected by the tongue as the child sucks on the nipple of the bottle or the breast.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by frequent exposure of a child’s teeth for long periods of time to liquid containing sugars. When your baby falls asleep with:
• a bottle containing formula, milk or juice
• a pacifier dipped in honey
• while breast feeding
The liquid pools around the front teeth. During sleep, the bacteria living in every baby’s mouth, turns the milk sugar or other sugars to acid, which causes the decay.
Parents may not know there is a problem until serious damage has been done. You can prevent this from happening to your child’s teeth by learning how to protect them.
|Clean your child’s teeth daily
||never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle filled with juice, milk, or formula (or when awake, sip on it for long periods of time as a pacifier)
||start bottle weaning by at least a year
||give your child plain water for thirst
||make sure your child gets the fluoride needed to prevent decay
||have regular dental visits for your child beginning when their first tooth erupts
Remember your child requires his/her milk teeth till the age of 12 yrs and they are important for his health and also to ensure that his permament teeth erupt properly .So his/her milk teeth cannot be ignored just because he will a second set .
Thus timely and proper care of milk teeth is of utmost importance to ensure good and healthy permanent teeth.
Early loss of milk teeth can lead to many problems such as
Improper eruption of the permanent teeth
Malnutrition, as food is not chewed properly
Physcological problems due to bad anterior teeth
Impaction of permanent teeth due to lack of space due to early loss of milk teeth