As we all know, dental health is extremely vital and is interconnected to the health of other essential organs and organ systems in our body. Oral hygiene isn’t necessarily only restricted to adults but also kids.
Alux Dental particularly stresses the fact that the Dental health of toddlers is equally important and should not be taken lightly. The health of adult teeth that follow also depends considerably on how baby teeth take shape, literally and figuratively.
Cleaning Baby teeth is useful for:
- keeping areas available for adult (permanent) teeth to grow in
- creating a facial shape for your child
- making it easy for your youngster to communicate
- making biting and eating more comfortable
Tooth decay (cavities) can occur when teeth are neglected. Plaque is what causes cavities. Plaque is a dangerous bacterium film that builds on the teeth. When your child consumes sugary foods or medications, the bacteria create acids. These acids corrode the teeth and cause cavities to develop. Cavities form more quickly in newborn teeth than in adult teeth.
Cavities can result in:
- permanent teeth that have not yet emerged
- diseases that can spread throughout the body
- expensive dental or emergency care
- lost days of childcare or school
Cleaning Your Child’s Mouth – Baby Teeth Cleaning
Clean your child’s mouth after each meal or at least twice a day before and after the teeth grow in.
Clean your child’s mouth after each meal or at least twice a day before and after the teeth grow in. Put your youngster in a comfortable posture for both of you. Before the age of three, use toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. After the age of three, use a pea-sized quantity. You should be able to see into their mouth easily.
- Use a clean soft rag over your finger to wipe your teeth before they come in. Dip the gauze in water until it is moist but not soaked. A wiping session of your child’s teeth and gums need to be done.
- When your child’s teeth begin to appear, start using a tiny, soft toothbrush. Angle the bristles along a line of teeth and firmly against the gum line.
- Brush in a circular motion. Brushing back and forth is not only a very ineffective way to do it but also might lead to potential issues. Complete both sides of the teeth.
- Finally, use the toothbrush to brush the tongue.
Fluoride toothpaste should be used by all youngsters as soon as their first tooth appears. Use roughly the size of a grain of rice for youngsters under the age of three. Use a pea-sized quantity for youngsters aged 3 and up. They should try to spit out the toothpaste, but if your child does not spit yet, it is okay to swallow these modest quantities.
At the age of two, children can begin to clean their teeth. They should be able to accomplish it on their own by the age of ten. You might begin teaching them by having them observe you brushing your teeth.
These are the basic ways of handling your baby’s dental health. However, the intricacies go even further. To understand more about your child’s oral health in general, pay a visit to Alux Dental and get a comprehensive understanding of how to handle it successfully.