When it comes to the health of your child's primary teeth, there is no better time than now to start practicing excellent oral hygiene. The child needs dental care from the time the first teeth erupts in the mouth. Pediatric dental care ensures your child's primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases.
Good oral hygiene starts as early as infancy even before teeth erupt into the mouth. Whether you're nursing or bottle-feeding, you should begin incorporating some type of dental hygiene regimen as soon as possible. Before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Once teeth begin to come in, keep them clean. Using the right set of tools is essential for this daily ritual. For example, it is important to purchase a toothbrush designed specifically for babies, which will have a much smaller head, for their tiny mouths.
If you have not done so already, make sure your child has his or her first dental visit by the time he or she turns one to two years of age. Your pediatric dentist will keep your child's teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in his teeth. This is an important part of dental care because it prevents bacteria from continuing to grow, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases (eg. tooth decay or inflammation of the gum tissue). Make your regular visits to the dentist at Delta Dental Care, a fun adventure that always yields some type of tooth-friendly reward.
Pediatric dentists at Delta Dental Care will provide you with expert tips on how to take care of your child's teeth at home. Advice typically includes the proper way to floss and brush your child's teeth and additional information based on the specific condition of your child's teeth.
While most babies don't start getting teeth until they are 6 months old, infant dental care is important from the very beginning. Many dentists recommend an initial visit before the child's first birthday to make sure teeth and gums are cared for and cleaned properly.
Between 3 and 9 months, your infant's baby teeth will begin to erupt. Teething may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite.
Sucking is a normal part of development that is comforting to children well into their first years of life. In fact, sucking often brings comfort even after a child no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle.
This occurs when acid formed by bacteria on the teeth, from sugars in foods and beverages, damages the tooth enamel. This causes demineralization, and eventually can lead to a cavity.
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