Dental Care for your Child: Teething and Tooth Care

A child needs proper dental care immediately after the appearance of tooth.  It is important for parents to take adequate care of child’s teeth as the first teeth plays a significant role in the healthy growth of permanent teeth. A small child is unaware of the affects of eating habits and diet on his dental health. It is your responsibility to make your child understand the importance of healthy eating. By adopting various techniques and tips, parents have to inculcate in their child good eating habits.
Сhild and mother brushing teeth

Appropriate Dental Care for Healthy Teeth in Children

Few pointers to take care of your child’s teeth:

  • Teach your child proper brushing technique.
  • Clean your infant’s mouth daily after the appearance of first tooth.
  • They get all the nutrients and energy for healthy growth and development through good food.
  • Soon after your child turns of six months, make sure to take him regularly for dental check – ups.
  • Ensure that your child eats and drink sugar free snacks and cold drinks.
  • Teach him to brush his teeth twice a day.

All children between 4 to 7 years of age need help while brushing his / her teeth. Regular brushing habits from the beginning prevent the fabrication of plaque. Therefore, it is your responsibility to teach and supervise them proper technique of brushing so that teeth’s receive good dental hygiene. Parents should tell their children the significance and necessity of accurate brushing process. From the beginning, parents should develop the habit of brushing teeth’s twice a day in their children. Good eating habits taught to children at young age leads to overall good health.

Apart from proper brushing, there are several aspects of good dental health. Parents should inculcate in their children healthy and good eating habits to gain strong teeth along with overall strength. Instead of providing your child with sugary cold drinks and snacks, give them green vegetables and fruits to eat. Intake of caffeine and glucose increases the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Regular dental check up ensures the early diagnose of any dental problem. Therefore, it is cured before any serious damage happens to your infant’s teeth. Therefore, with all regular and proper dental care, your child grows with healthy and cavity free teeth.

Coping with Baby Teething

Parents know that their baby will grow teeth. However, there is no set pattern of when a baby will start teething nor there is any fixed duration of how long he will teeth.  But one thing is for sure that in most of the cases baby teething can be frustrating for both the parents and a child. It is a natural procedure possessing no danger to an infant. First two front baby teeth called central incisors usually emerge on the bottom of the gums. Eruption of these teeth occurs between the ages of 4 to 7 months. However, some babies begin to teeth earlier.

Symptoms showing that your baby is teething include the following:

  • Crankiness
  • If there are sudden changes in the behavior and mood of your child, than check his mouth. Although, there can be other reasons for these sudden changes but there is no harm in inspecting baby’s mouth.
  • Another major symptom-reflecting baby teething is sleeplessness. Due to the severe pain, babies are unable to sleep. In some cases, babies become irritable and fussy at night.
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Make sure to inspect your child’s gum regularly. You should see the outline of the teeth before they appear through gums.
  • When the teething starts, an infant may have bruised or swollen gums where a tooth will appear.
  • If on one hand baby demands more bottle or breast-feeding and on the other hand, he rejects bottle or breast feeding, it may be due to the eruption of teeth as  sucking milk or water hurts the gum.

Several studies show that baby’s teething can be associated with drooling, irritability, sleeplessness, biting behavior, sudden mood change, gum rubbing, sucking and reduced appetite. Approximately, 35 percent of the infants showed these symptoms during the period of tooth eruption.

While teething babies put anything in the mouth. Due to curiosity and with an attempt to reduce pain, infants urge to chew and bite anything they lay their hands on.  During teething, cells of the gum tissue start to break down. Desire to chew or bite is good because the additional pressure helps in breaking down the gum tissues. Therefore, give your baby to chew things like teething cookies, ice pops and tablets to reduce your baby’s pain.

Tips With Regard to Initial Tooth Care of a Baby

Proper dental care for a small child begins immediately after the appearance of first teeth. It is essential for parents to take care of the child’s teeth from an early age because baby’s teeth play an important role in the growth and overall health of permanent set of teeth. It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children the importance healthy eating.

Many parents are unaware that the dental diseases among the children can be prevented as soon as they are born.  During the seventh and ninth months of pregnancy, primary teeth of baby are about to be completely formed in the jawbone. The development of permanent set of teeth starts at birth. Even before the appearance of the first teeth, doctors recommend to clean the infant’s mouth. Take a soft and damp clean cloth, evenly dab the gum pads of a baby’s mouth. It will prevent the formation of germs in the mouth.

Doctor’s recommends parents of an infant to begin with the dental check up as soon as the child turns 12 months of age. According to pediatric dentists, a baby should visit a dentist before the eruption of 20 primary teeth. First visit to dentist includes complete evaluation and examination of baby’s mouth and teeth. Parents should be educated so that they can give proper dental care to infants at house. Dentists further advise parents to give proper diet to infants and use fluoride and toothbrushes for them.

The eruption of first tooth appears as soon as baby turns six months of age. During the eruption of teeth, several babies experience pain and discomfort. They become irritable, suck on their blankets, toys or fingers, salivate a lot and lost their appetite. If a child develops diarrhea, fever or flu like symptoms, it is recommended to contact a doctor. Frequent intake of water, cool and hard teething toys reduces teething pain and discomfort in a child.

First Teeth Tips

Remember the following after the eruption of first teeth:

  • Avoid using sippy cups as they can lead to dental problems and cavities like teeth misalignment.
  • Excessive use of sugary liquids or sweets in a baby’s mouth leads to early dental decay.
  • Hold the babies and bottle during feeding. Not only it can lead to the formation of cavities, it can choke the baby.
  • Fluoride supplements prevent tooth decay and make your baby’s teeth healthier and stronger.
  • As soon as a child learns to walk, make sure that he does not walk with a sippy cup or bottle in his mouth. Be careful to dental injuries.

Healthy habits inculcated from early childhood lasts life long. Therefore, ensure that your child grows with a proper dental care and healthy eating habits.