How to Take Care Of Your Children’s Teeth

by Phillippa Marshall

Tooth decay can affect babies as well as adults. Using a bottle to put a baby to sleep will cause tooth decay. Sugars from juice, formula, or milk that remain on a baby’s teeth for many hours will erode the enamel (the layer of the tooth that protects against tooth decay). This can result in “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle mouth.” When this occurs, the front teeth can appear discolored, pocked, or pitted. Cavities may form, and in extreme situations, the decayed teeth may need to be removed. When a child is 6 months old, he or she may move from a bottle to a sippy cup with a straw or hard spout. This decreases the amount of blood that gathers around a child’s teeth.

Unhealthy baby teeth have a negative effect on the adult teeth that grow in behind them. If a cavity grows in a baby tooth, the decay will spread to the developing permanent tooth that is about to replace it. It is important to handle decayed areas until they spread from a specific area to several teeth in your child’s mouth.



When do I need to start brushing my baby’s teeth?


When baby’s teeth start to grow in:

  • Using an infant toothbrush or even a clean finger to clean the teeth. Use water and a small amount of toothpaste. Consult the dentist on fluoride.
  • When your baby’s teeth come into contact with each other, you should start flossing between them.
  • Start teaching your child to spit while brushing her teeth when they are around 2 years old. Don’t offer her water to swish and spit in or she could ingest toothpaste.


Make Brushing Your Childs Teeth Fun!


It is important for children to practice proper oral hygiene in order to avoid potential dental problems such as tooth decay, inflammation, and tooth loss. If you’re having trouble getting your children to brush their teeth, use these easy tricks to make it an enjoyable experience.

  • Allow your children to use their own toothbrush. This helps them to choose their preferred color or character.
  • Allow your children to choose their favorite toothpaste.
  • Look for a catchy toothbrush tune. This helps you to ensure that your children brush their teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Offer them a little reward for taking care of their teeth.  It might be a bedtime story, a trip to the park, or a special sticker on a chart
  • Sugary snacks should be avoided.


When should your child start seeing a dentist?

The Australian Dental Association advises that infants visit a dentist before their first birthday. The dentist will demonstrate correct brushing and flossing procedures and do a modified inspection while your baby sits on your lap at this first appointment.

These appointments will aid in the early detection of problems and help children become used to seeing the dentist so that they may have less fear of going as they get older. Consider sending your child to a doctor who specializes in children’s dentistry. Pediatric dentists are specifically qualified to work with a wide variety of concerns surrounding children’s dental health. They also understand where to send you to a particular form of doctor, such as an orthodontist to fix an overbite or an oral surgeon to realign your jaw.

If a child tends to be at risk for cavities or other complications, the dentist can begin administering topical fluoride even before any of the teeth arrive (this may also be performed in the pediatrician’s office). Fluoride hardens tooth enamel, which helps in the prevention of the most serious pediatric oral condition and dental cavities.


Fluoride for Healthy teeth

Fluoride assists in maintaining healthy teeth.
Fluoride can be derived from fluoridated water, fluoridated toothpaste, and fluoride supplements.
Fluoride supplements are not as effective as fluoridated water. If your water supply is not fluoridated, consult with a dental specialist on your choices.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule went into effect on January 1, 2014. It provides qualifying children with $1000 in dental care over a two-year period. Eligibility must be determined, and you can contact your local Dentist to enquire about Free Children’s Dental care, with your child’s Medicare number and other information to find out if they are registered.

Children with good teeth can eat a balanced diet, talk correctly, and smile with confidence.
Baby teeth also tend to keep the gap for permanent teeth open. Early tooth loss can reduce the space available for a permanent tooth, resulting in crowding. The emergence of baby teeth can occur at a variety of times.

Remember the child tooth decay is avoidable. Contact a dental specialist if you believe your kid has child tooth decay or if you want more information about how to avoid it.


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