Not many parents know that as soon as the first baby tooth emerges, dental care for their kids should definitely start. And dental care, at this age, do not just simply mean giving the baby a gentle brush; it also means bringing them over to the dentist for regular check-ups.
Unfortunately, some parents neglect this idea. For some mothers and fathers, the first time a child visits a dentist would usually be when toothaches start happening. Before you know it, this type of neglect for dental care would most probably be carried out as they grow older. Most likely, they would be facing dental problems during adolescence and even adulthood.
And so, as early as the first six months of a baby’s life, dental care should be focused on. With that in mind, let us look into what parents may expect when it comes to their children’s dental health.
What to Expect with Children’s Dental Health
- Around 4 to 12 months into a baby’s life, temporary teeth start popping out. This is usually accompanied by irritability that may lead to loss of appetite and even trouble in sleeping. Babies who are teething may also drool more than they normally do. Some babies may even experience diarrhea, fever, and rashes when their teeth start coming out; this may not be typical and may need the attention of a doctor.
- When children turn 6, they often will start experiencing loose teeth. This is because their temporary teeth are slowly going to be replaced by permanent ones. Although some parents may help their kids to get hasten the fall of the tooth, it is best to advise kids to wiggle the loose tooth until it falls by itself as this will reduce pain and bleeding as well.
- Because it is quite common for parents to feed their children with sugary snacks, cavities may be expected as well. Cavities start developing with foods rich with sugar stay in the mouth for long periods of time. Bacteria will then feed on these tiny bits of food left in the nooks and corners of the teeth; eventually, these bacteria would also feed on the tooth’s enamel and thus, causing cavities.
- As early as 2 years old, tooth decay may already affect children.
Tips in Taking Care of Your Child’s Dental Health
- You may soothe a child’s gums through giving them a teething ring, gently rubbing their gums using your finger or a moist gauze pad.
- Do not ever forget to brush your child’s teeth regularly and specially when kids have just come from parties hosting lots of sweets. You may also floss when needed such as times when food.
- Start visiting your child’s dentist for check ups, dental exams or cleaning. Make sure you go to a trusted dentist. You may check out ATX Dental’s Website for some information about pediatric dental care.
- Use fluoride as it may help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Your child may have a fluoride treatment from the dentist; usually, it only takes about 30 minutes or so.
- You may also opt for sealants and fillings to be applied in your child’s teeth to prevent tooth decay as soon as permanent teeth has emerged.
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