Protecting Your Child's Teeth
Kids teeth healthy, like adult teeth, need care. One of the most important causes of dental caries in children is the consumption of milk or sweet liquids during sleep between night and morning. During sleep, saliva secretion is reduced and the placement of teeth in a sweet environment and the presence of cariogenic microbes, start the caries process.
For prevention, the consumption of sweet liquids and milk should be stopped at night from six months onwards. If it is not possible to stop breastfeeding at night, it is recommended to clean the baby’s mouth after drinking milk. And in the case of caries, it is necessary to treat the kids teeth healthy as soon as possible.
Your child should see a dentist by his first birthday. Early preventive care saves your money in the long run. A CDC report shows that dental care costs are nearly 40% lower over a 5-year period for children who see a dentist by age 5.
What Can We Do to Prevent Tooth Decay in Infants?
- Never breastfeed your baby while sleeping. And if your baby wants a baby bottle, fill the baby bottle with water.
- Do not give your baby a baby bottle full of sugary drinks during the day.
- If the baby uses a pacifier, do not soak the pacifier in sweet substances such as sugar or honey.
- Teach your child about a year to use a glass instead of a baby bottle.
Fluoride is a substance that prevents tooth decay and helps to repair caries faster. In most countries, fluoride is added to drinking water. And if the dentist diagnoses, they may prescribe fluoride drops or gel for the child.
Talk to your oral health professional before using them. Never give fluoridated mouth rinses or mouthwashes to children under 6 years of age. These rinses contain very high levels of fluoride, and young children are more likely to swallow them
How to clean baby teeth?
When the first baby teeth grow, clean the surrounding teeth and tissues with a damp gauze or soft toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste sparingly after age 2 (baby toothpaste contains standard amounts of fluoride for children). Brushing should be done at least twice a day (morning and night) for 3-4 minutes at each meal. The best toothbrush for baby A toothbrush with a thick handle and a small head and hair with a round tip and a soft type.
What Diet is Suitable for Deciduous Teeth?
If the snacks are chosen correctly. In addition to the energy, the baby needs, they also prevent tooth decay. It is best to avoid foods that are high in sugar, starch and fat. Instead of candy, cakes, pastries, cookies, pastries, raisins, dried fruit leaves, honey milk, chewing gum and milk biscuits, use bread and cheese, boiled eggs, yogurt, raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, corn and salty nuts.
- Avoid eating sticky foods. Limit sweets to meals. This is because more saliva is secreted into the mouth at this time, which can remove food debris from the teeth to keep your kids teeth healthy.
- Reduce the number of times you consume sugary substances.
- Avoid eating snacks and sweets before bed.
- Help your dental health by eating ingredients such as raw vegetables, cheese and other dairy products
When is the Child's First Dental Examination Performed?
The first dental examination is performed between 6 and 12 months of age, during which time the dentist teaches parents oral hygiene practices, harmful oral habits, and fluoride use. And it is usually recommended that you renew this visit every 6 months. In these examinations, in addition to examining the child’s caries and gums, the dentist also examines the child’s jaw relations and prescribes radiographs if necessary.
If baby teeth lose their health, it affects the proper chewing of food and speech and the proper beauty of the baby. If a baby tooth is lost quickly, its space must be protected by a spacer, otherwise, the movement of adjacent teeth will reduce the space for permanent tooth growth. And in the future, orthodontic treatment will increase the need, 8 baby teeth up to 6 years old and another 12 baby teeth up to 12 years old should remain in the baby’s mouth.
How to Prepare Your Child Before Going to the Dentist?
- Do not bribe to encourage the child to go to the dentist.
- Do not use going to the dentist as a punishment.
- Hide your anxiety from the child.
- Do not use scary words such as injecting, pulling, etc. for the child.
- Do not promise the child on behalf of the dentist.
- Send the child to the dentist’s room alone.
- Be a role model for your child in terms of oral health.