Safeguarding primary teeth or milk teeth is very important for overall wellbeing of the child. Tooth decay can be prevented by taking your child for regular dental visits to Pedodontist, thus helping your child free from dental pain.
Also, parents should encourage their children to follow good oral health practices at home like regular and correct way of brushing and keeping a limit on certain types of foods. Maintaining good dental health during childhood, a pivotal period in learning healthy habits, lays the foundation for sound permanent teeth and a lifelong healthy oral cavity.
Infant dental care
- Oral health care should start even before the tooth erupts. For infants, use a wet gauze/cloth to wipe the gums daily.
- Cleaning and massaging of gum pads helps in enhancing the blood circulation and facilitates teething.
- Parents must feed the child with plain water after milk or rinse the mouth particularly before the child is put to sleep.
- Avoid bed time feeding other than water after the first tooth erupts.
- Avoid using pacifiers dipped in honey or sweeteners.
Brushing tips for your children
- Always brush twice daily. This helps you prevent plaque accumulation and keeps you in good health.
- Fluoride containing tooth paste is always recommended after the age of 3 years since fluoride has antibacterial, remineralization properties which protect child’s teeth against cavities.
- Child should always brush in a circular/ rolling motion. Outer, inner and upper (chewing) surfaces of all the teeth should be brushed properly. Child should be helped with directing the sequence of brushing of all these surfaces to encourage effective brushing.
- Child should start brushing by the age of eighteen months. Use a soft suitable brush without a tooth paste. Use a finger brush initially. Tooth brush should be changed every 3 to 4 months or as soon as the bristles are worn.
- Child should brush under supervision of parents up to 8 years of age. Gradually during this age transition can be made from care provided by the parent to supervised self-care.
- Use a small smear of tooth paste after 2 years of age.
- A pea sized tooth paste can be used between 3-6 years of age.
- Regular flossing should be followed as daily routine.
- Tongue cleaning should be encouraged as a routine practice. Flexible and flat tongue scrapers can be used to clean the upper surface of the tongue. This helps in the removal of bacteria.