Babies’ teeth start to develop before they are even born. However, the baby teeth are usually not visible until around 6 months of age. As the child matures, more teeth will develop until they have a full set at usually around 3 years old.
Baby teeth are important foundations for our adult teeth to grow into the correct positions, so even though they eventually all fall out it is still important to keep the baby teeth healthy and free of decay for as long as possible.
Here are some things to keep in mind regarding your child’s dental health:
Cavities are preventable
Cavities can be easily prevented. An efficient brushing routine and fluoride will give your child the best possible chance at avoiding tooth decay. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and makes it harder for bacteria to damage the teeth.
Sweets are not the only cause of poor dental health
There is no doubt that eating sweet things can certainly lead to cavities. However, it is not the only thing that is responsible. Many different types of food can cause tooth decay. In particular, starchy snacks such as cookies, crackers or bread can increase a child’s likelihood of developing cavities. Acid producing bacteria that consume carbohydrates are the cause of tooth decay. After eating these foods, it is important to brush your child’s teeth.
It is important to care for your child’s teeth from the start
Proper dental care is important from the start- even before your child has any teeth. You should use an infant toothbrush or soft cloth to wipe your baby’s gums twice a day before their teeth erupt. This will keep the gums free of bacteria and prepare them for brushing.
Once baby teeth develop and become visible, you should brush them regularly with a fluoride toothpaste. Ideally you should brush them morning and night.
Dental check-ups are essential
Regular visits to the dentist are so important for children. Not only does it allow the dentist to monitor the development of your child’s teeth, it also allows the child to feel more comfortable in the dental chair. Routine dental checks every 6 months are recommended from 2 years of age.
There are several thing to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your child’s oral health. Above all, it is important to remember that it is never too early to begin proper dental care in children. If your child is due for a check-up, call or book an appointment online with one of our dentist.