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Healthy Teeth Tips for Parents

This article aims to provide both parents and their children valuable dental tips so the kids can have the healthiest set of teeth as they grow up.

Infants

Bottle decay happens when milk stays in contact with your baby’s teeth for long periods of time. To prevent this from happening, place water only in your baby’s bottle during bedtime. Clean your baby’s gums with a wet cloth to remove the plaques.

When the very first tooth erupts, you can already start brushing your baby’s tooth using a soft infant toothbrush.

If your baby is uncomfortable because of teething pains, try to rub his gums with your finger or with clean wet gauze. If pain and discomfort persist, call his pediatrician.

Most parents believe that fever is normal when their babies are teething. But this is not true according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). If your baby has fever and he is teething, call his doctor.

Your baby’s first dental visit should be scheduled right after his first birthday. His dentist may recommend fluoride supplements especially if your child does not drink fluorinated water.

Ages 1 to 5

Your child’s thumb sucking usually goes away by age 2. If it continues past the age of 4, it may hinder dental development. Talking to his doctor about this is important.

Educate your child about teeth-friendly foods and snacks. Choose foods that do not promote tooth decay.

You can start flossing your kids’ teeth after all the primary teeth have erupted. This is approximately at 2 ½ years of age.

Toddlers and preschoolers can already be taught on proper tooth brushing. Make the activity fun as much as possible like singing a song with him while brushing. Make sure that he uses a small amount of toothpaste and that he’ll learn how to spit and not swallow.

Ages 6 to 12

The initial permanent molars appear between the ages 5 and 6. These molars should last a lifetime so make sure your kids take good care of them. The same permanent molars give shape to the lower part of the face.

During his dental visits, his dentist may recommend that your child use an over-the-counter fluoride mouth rinse. Instruct your child on how to use this type of rinse and supervise when needed.

By age 7, your child should be able to brush alone. Flossing on his own may be difficult at this time but come the age of 8, he should be able to use the floss more effectively with minimal supervision.

 

 

 

 

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